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Gateway to history at CMU. General history resources, subject specific resources, and class resources for historical research.

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History & Modern Languages Librarian

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Charlotte Kiger Price
On leave until Dec. 2023. For assistance in History, contact CMU Librarian Ashley Werlinich, liaison librarian for English, Drama, and temporary liaison for History. For assistance in Modern Languages, use our general feedback forms.

Books In Hunt Library

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

Finding Book Reviews

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.

Book Review Databases

Look for filters to limit your results to only book reviews (versus other kinds of articles).

In Newspapers

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.