HIST 386B -United States Social History: Books

This guide brings together useful resources for the study of United States social history.

Find Books for History

Use Find Books search to locate books and other items in the Pollak Library, other CSU libraries, and libraries worldwide.

Books are the main place that historians publish their scholarship. They are also a good place to find primary source materials, such as published memoirs, diaries, historical documents, etc.

Due to the closure of the PLS book stacks as the result of the recent earthquake, the Pollak Library now offers a book paging service. Information about how to use the book paging service is available here: http://www.library.fullerton.edu/services/book-paging.php

Find Books with OneSearch

Stack of Books





Use OneSearch to find books, ebooks and media in the Pollak Library collection as well as other CSU libraries. You can also use OneSearch to access My Library Card to view the status of your library account.


WorldCat (OCLC)

How do I use subject headings to find primary sources in book catalogs?

This page describes how to use Library of Congress Subject Headings to locate primary source materials in online catalogs.

1. Go to  Find Books

You can use Find Books beta, the Library Catalog, WorldCat, or other library catalog.

2. Search by Keyword. Enter your subject term and one of the primary source terms listed below:

early works to 1800
personal narratives
pictorial works

women pioneers and diaries
soviet union and dissidents and interviews
holocaust and personal narratives
Thomas Jefferson and correspondence


Google Book Search

Book Search works just like a Google web search. When Google finds a book with content that contains a match for your search terms, they'll link to it in your search results.

If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy


Google Books 



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