Topics in the history discipline frequently, though not always, fall into the following classifications in the Library of Congress classification system. You can go to the library stacks and browse the shelves for books with call numbers beginning:
CB - History of Civilization
D - World History and History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
E-F - History of the Americas
HC - Economic History and Conditions
HD - Industries. Land use. Labor.
HN - Social History and Conditions. Social Problems. Social Reform.
HQ - The Family. Marriage. Women.
HT - Communities. Classes. Races.
HX - Socialism. Communism. Anarchism.
JV - Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International Migration.
JZ - International Relations
Book reviews can help you assess and evaluate how useful a certain text will be for your research. While summaries from publishers are helpful, book reviews in scholarly journals can place the author's work in context and describe how the work contributes to existing historical literature and/or debates in the field.
Look for filters to limit your results to only book reviews (versus other kinds of articles).
Use the author's name and the title (or keywords from the title) and then the instructions for finding a review for that database. If full text isn't available, click to see full text retrieval options.