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HST 114/WGS 377: Gender & Sexuality in World History: Finding Books + More

Spring 2020

Making the Most of Books

  • ALWAYS browse the books near the one you are looking for. If there is one book on your topic, chances are there are more and they will all be shelved together!
  • Briefly look through the table of contents and/or indexes to see if there is relevant material for your paper.
  • Read the introduction, forward, etc. to get a feel for the book's purpose and point of view. 
  • Take note of appendices that may contain maps, chronologies, etc. to help you.
  • Use the bibliographies to point you to other sources.

ZSR Library Catalog

Use the library's online catalog to locate books, films, microfilm, and other materials in the library. Search by Author, Title, Subject, Call Number, or Keyword, or use the Advanced Search feature to combine these features. 

Books may serve as either primary or secondary sources, depending on the content and when they were written. Books may also contain references to primary source material in the text or in the bibliography. 

You can start with a keyword search to identify relevant items. From there, look at the subject headings used to describe that item to identify other potential items (click on the subject heading to see all other items that are tagged with that subject). 

To locate potential primary sources, look for subject headings that contain terms such as diaries, letters, correspondence, autobiography, interviews, or personal narratives following the main heading. 


Some call number ranges that may be helpful: 

  • D > World History 
  • E > United States History 
  • F > United States Local History. Canada and Latin America. 
  • HQ > The family. Marriage. Women. [also includes LGBTQIA+]

Biographical Resources

Biographical information can sometimes be useful in providing context to a source. Many biographical entries also provide information on other works, including primary sources, that pertain to a particular person or time period. This list is not comprehensive. Search the catalog for other titles based on your topic. 

Reference Books

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