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WR150: Living the American Revolution

Browsing American History

The B.U. libraries arrange books by Library of Congress call numbers. Though history is covered in every discipline (e.g., women's history may be located in the women's studies call numbers while medical history may be in the medicine call numbers), the major sections for American history are listed below. Almost all these books are located in Mugar Library.

  • E11-E143
  • America
  • E75-E99
  • Native Americans
  • E101-E135
  • Discovery of America
  • E151-E889
  • United States
  • E186-E199
  • Colonial History
  • E201-E298
  • Revolution
  • E456-E665
  • Civil War
  • E740-E837
  • 20th Century
  • E838-E889
  • Late 20th Century
  • E895-E904
  • 21st Century
  • F1-F975
  • State & Local HIstory

The following link serves as an example on how to search for materials in a specific historical subject area.   Please note: it does not access all titles in our civil war collection.   If you want to do a more comprehensive search, please use a variety of keyword terms in the Boston University Library Search (box) on the main library page; you might also look at a particular item record and under the More Information tab, you can click on one of the subject headings to expand ( United States--History--Civil War--1861-1865) or narrow (Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa. 1863) the search.   Please contact the history bibliographer or Mugar Research Center desk if you have any questions.

Book Reviews

Print indexes for retrospective book reviews

These unique print indexes contain many citations to reviews of history books that were published in history journals, in addition to other humanities and social science publications.

Getting Books Not Available at BU

There are several ways you can obtain books or articles that we do not own. These include:

  • WorldCat Discovery. WorldCat Discovery allows current BU faculty, staff, and students to borrow books directly from other Boston Library Consortium libraries. Turnaround time is approximately three working days. (How to use WorldCat Discovery)

  • Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan services allow current BU faculty, staff, and students to request books, articles, book chapters, and other materials that our ILL staff will obtain from other libraries. Books generally take 2-4 weeks to arrive; articles are generally delivered electronically within 1-2 days.

  • BLC Cards. A Boston Library Consortium Card allows the bearer to borrow—in person—circulating material from a member library, just as you would from a BU library. Boston University faculty, staff, and students on the Charles River Campus may obtain a Consortium Card by filling out an application form. Medical Campus affiliates apply at the Alumni Medical Library.


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Donald Altschiller
Mugar Memorial Library
Subjects: History, Religion