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History 195: Frenemies: The Russian/American Encounter, 1850s to Present

Finding Books

The Library Catalog lists all of the books, including ebooks, owned by the Library. We have a lot of ebooks, but more print books. Print books can be requested and picked up in several campus libraries.

You can limit your search to ebooks by going into Advanced Search and clicking the "Available Online" box below the search boxes. 

Image of the advanced search interface of the Library Catalog, showing where to check the "Available Online" box under "Additional Search Options."

The Library Catalog also includes books that are primary sources. If you want secondary sources, try sorting your search results by newest first using the dropdown at the top.

Image showing a list of Library Catalog search results and the dropdown menu to sort those results. The menu has been changed to "Published/Created Date (newest first)."


The catalog is not always the easiest thing to search. Please email me if you're not finding what you need, or try some of these tips.

You might need to search variants of a word, or use synonyms; for example, I sometimes use "USSR" or "Soviet Union." Searching for specific time periods can also be tricky. You might need to do a broad search and then skim through the results. 

Use a country or city name as a subject to narrow your results immediately. You can also use "history" as a subject. Be sure to combine these searches with other words, though. 

The advanced search defaults to searching specific fields. Make sure to change the dropdowns to "keyword" unless you want something more specific.


You can also narrow your results after you search using the menu of the left side. 

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