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History: Library Resources: Books & Videos

Databases for articles on history of all eras

Do I need a book?

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Why search for a book?  Books provide great historical perspective, a broad overview on a subject (as opposed to the specificity of journal and news articles), and can provide you with important background info for a research assignment.

When aren't books the best choice? Bear in mind that the lengthy publication process for books means that you won't be able to use them as information resources for events taking place within the past year or so (look for articles and web info). Remember to evaluate the author and his/her bias just as you would any other source.

The most important tip to remember is "don't ignore books" just because you are running out of time.  Use the table of contents and index within each book to zero in on those chapters and key words that are just right for your assignment.

Get Materials from the SFCC Library

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Library materials, such as books and DVDs, can be requested from any Community College of Spokane Library and delivered to the Pullman Campus.

When you find an item in the Library Catalog that you want, follow the steps in the document above to have it delivered to the Center nearest you. You will be notified by email or phone when it arrives. 

Can't Find an Item You Want?

If you find a reference to a book or article that does not seem to be available through the online catalog or article databases, the SFCC Library can get it for you! Contact the Reference Desk at 509-533-3834 / 800-251-1972, or submit an online interlibrary loan request.

Keep in mind that it may take ten days to two weeks for print materials to arrive. Articles will be primarily emailed and typically take up to 24-72 hours to arrive.

How to Request an Item from the CCS Libraries

This document, "Requesting a Document from the CCS Libraries," provides step-by-step instructions for requesting physical items, such as books and DVDs from the library.

 

eBooks @ SFCC Library

Note: To access the resources below you need to sign-in with your Bigfoot username & password to use the databases. 

Bigfoot Username: 
your first name - first initial of last name - last 4 digits of your CTC@bigfoot.spokane.edu
ex. JohnD8539@bigfoot.spokane.edu

Need help? Call the CCS IT Student Helpdesk at 509-533-4357 or contact the library at 509-533-3834 / 800-251-1972.

Reference Help

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Our professional librarians are available to help you with using any of the library's electronic resources. Please contact us if you require assistance.

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Browsing the Library for History Books

Most history books are around the call number 900. The 900's are located on the second floor of the library. The call numbers below are listed as guidelines for general browsing and are not an indicator that there is content for each historical area.

  • 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)
    • 930 History of ancient world to ca. 499
    • 931 China to 420
    • 932 Egypt to 640
    • 933 Palestine to 70
    • 934 South Asia to 647
    • 935 Mesopotamia to 637 & Iranian Plateau to 637
    • 936 Europe north & west of Italian Peninsula to ca. 499
    • 937 Italian Peninsula to 476 & adjacent territories to 476
    • 938 Greece to 323
    • 939 Other parts of ancient world
  • 940 History of Europe
    • 940 History of Europe
    • 941 British Isles
    • 942 England & Wales
    • 943 Germany & neighboring central European countries
    • 944 France & Monaco
    • 945 Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, Malta
    • 946 Spain, Andorra, Gibraltar, Portugal
    • 947 Russia & neighboring east European countries
    • 948 Scandinavia
    • 949 Other parts of Europe
  • 950 History of Asia
    • 950 History of Asia
    • 951 China & adjacent areas
    • 952 Japan
    • 953 Arabian Peninsula & adjacent areas
    • 954 India & neighboring south Asian countries;
    • 955 Iran
    • 956 Middle East (Near East)
    • 957 Siberia (Asiatic Russia)
    • 958 Central Asia
    • 959 Southeast Asia
  • 960 History of Africa
    • 960 History of Africa
    • 961 Tunisia & Libya
    • 962 Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan
    • 963 Ethiopia & Eritrea
    • 964 Morocco, Ceuta, Melilla Western Sahara, Canary Islands
    • 965 Algeria
    • 966 West Africa & offshore islands
    • 967 Central Africa & offshore islands
    • 968 Republic of South Africa & neighboring southern African countries
    • 969 South Indian Ocean islands
  • 970 History of North America
    • 970 History of North America
    • 971 Canada
    • 972 Mexico, Central America, West Indies, Bermuda
    • 973 United States
    • 974 Northeastern United States (New England & Middle Atlantic states)
    • 975 Southeastern United States (South Atlantic states)
    • 976 South central United States
    • 977 North central United States
    • 978 Western United States
    • 979 Great Basin & Pacific Slope region of United States
  • 980 History of South America
    • 980 History of South America
    • 981 Brazil
    • 982 Argentina
    • 983 Chile
    • 984 Bolivia
    • 985 Peru
    • 986 Colombia & Ecuador
    • 987 Venezuela
    • 988 Guiana
    • 989 Paraguay & Uruguay
  • 990 History of other areas
    • 990 History of Australasia, Pacific Ocean islands, Atlantic Ocean islands, Arctic islands, Antarctica, extraterrestrial worlds
    • 991–992 Not assigned or no longer used
    • 993 New Zealand
    • 994 Australia
    • 995 New Guinea & neighboring countries of Melanesia
    • 996 Polynesia & other Pacific Ocean islands
    • 997 Atlantic Ocean islands
    • 998 Arctic islands & Antarctica
    • 999 Extraterrestrial worlds