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Hist 316 Civil War America, 1856-1877: Finding Books

Information for students taking the History 316: Civil War America, 1846-1877 course.

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How to find articles and books

Relevant Call Numbers

For browsing purposes, some relevant Library of Congress call numbers for the United States Civil War are:

E456-655        Civil War period, 1861-1865
E456-459        Lincoln's administrations, 1861-April 15, 1865
E461-655        The Civil War, 1861-1865
E482-489        Confederate States of America
E491-586        Armies. Troops
E591-600        Naval history
E668               Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)


Keyword Suggestions

Below are sample keyword and keyword phrase suggestions to get you started with your catalog searching:

Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation Proclamation
Civil War Battles
Civil War Causes
Civil War and Gettysburg
Civil War and Slavery
Civil War Casualties
Civil War Soldiers
Civil War Statistics
Confederate Army
Confederate States of America
Union Army

War Between the States

Relevant Subject Headings

When searching for books the main Library of Congress (LC) subject heading for the United States Civil War is:

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

This heading is divided by LC sub-headings. Some sub-headings you may want to try to narrow your search further are:

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Battlefields

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Biography

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 --Causes
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Diaries

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861 - 1865--Influence--Sources
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Maps

  •  United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military life

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations, Confederate

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Reconstruction
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Religious aspects

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Social aspects

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Songs & music--Union

Any of the above LC subject headings can be copied directly into the Regent Library Catalog, as well as into Summon (and other Regent databases), and searched by Keyword or Subject.