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Introduction to Historical Methods

Search ODU Library Holdings

Visit the library homepage at to find Monarch OneSearch. Monarch OneSearch searches for print books, electronic books, and media owned or licensed by Old Dominion University Libraries. It also searches some but not all of our databases. It's the best place to search to find out what books and ebooks the ODU Libraries own, and it can also be a good starting place to find articles.

The books are shelved using the Library of Congress classification system. The classifications for American History E and F.  The breakdown is as follows:

  • E 11-29  American (General)
  • E 51-99  Indians of North America
  • E 151-  United States (General)
  • E 184-185.98  Population
  • E 186-288  Colonial History/Revolution
  • E 300-453  Revolution to the Civil War
  • E 456-655  Civil War
  • E 661-738  Late Nineteenth Century
  • E 740-  Twentieth Century
  • F 1-975  United States Local History


LOCATION:  Books with call numbers beginning E and F are shelved on the 3rd floor.  Perry Library Floor Plan.

Browsing in any of these areas may lead to the discovery of valuable material in addition to the specific items listed in this guide.

Search WorldCat

WorldCat (click to search) contains millions of records of all types of materials worldwide including archival materials. Indicates which libraries own the materials.

Microform Collections at ODU Libraries

American Women's Diaries: New England, Western and Southern

Black Death: Sources Concerning the European Plague

Early American Imprints: (aka Evans Imprints) Individually cataloged collections of books, pamphlets, and periodical publications printed in the U.S. from 1639-1820.

Library of American Civilization: Ultrafiche collection that are individually cataloged materials relating to virtually all aspects of American life and literature up to W.W.I.

For a complete list, see History Collections on Microform

Search for Dissertations & Theses

Searching the Dissertations and Theses database can be useful for graduate students to make sure their research has not already been done.  All researchers can benefit from the usually extensive literature review and bibliographies provided.

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