What are reference books good for? A lot!
Search a selection of print and electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other Reference books.
Find more in-depth biographies of specific Civil War figures by browsing the books under this subject heading:
If you aren't sure exactly what you're looking for, walk around and see what books you stumble upon.
Most books dealing with the Civil War are on the 4th floor of the library between call numbers E456 and E655; most books focusing on Reconstruction are on the 4th floor at call number E668. Start in these call number areas:
To find the call number areas for more specific subjects, check out the call number outline at the Library of Congress website.
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Subject headings allow you to find books according to broader and narrower topics.
Below are sample subjects. To browse for different, broader, or narrower subjects, go to the library catalog and click "Exact Search." Enter a term and click "subject."
You can start browsing for a broad subject like Education, then look for more specific subjects, such as Education England History 18th century.
Once you know some subject headings, you can also just use them as keywords during an advanced search, using the subject row.
States at War Series
This multi-volume reference work draws from numerous original sources and can be read in two ways: by individual state, or across states, comparing reactions to the same event or solutions to the same problems.