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Guide to Historical Research (UNH Durham): Books

Resources and strategies for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in history.

Where are the books?

While the UNH Library maintains thousands of monographs and published primary sources in the stacks of Dimond Library, the Library Storage Building, and in Special Collections, the historian must be aware that no library provides an exhaustive collection of potential sources. While browsing the shelves is a helpful and satisfying pursuit, researchers need to hone their skills in searching online catalogs for books housed here at UNH, held by institutions belonging to the Boston Library Consortium, as well as by libraries world-wide. And no amount of physical browsing will uncover the ever increasing number of monographs and periodicals coming out in digital format. The online catalog or similar discovery tools are the key to finding e-books and online periodicals, as well as print volumes.

Researchers seeking print monographs and periodicals in history will find them shelved by Library of Congress call number on the fifth floor of Dimond Library. For most materials in history, one should become familiar with the following classification areas: D – World History (except American History); E – American History; and F – Local History of the United States and British, Dutch, French, and Latin America.

Find Books


Search UNH Library Classic Catalog only



The UNH library catalog will identify books, journal titles (not articles), DVDs/videos, musical scores and recordings, maps, etc. at the Durham and Manchester campus libraries.

Find More Books

Search UNH Library and worldwide (BLC WorldCat)

Advanced Search

The UNH Library and worldwide catalog will search both materials at UNH and at our affiliated universities with whom we have borrowing privileges. Ebooks owned exclusively by BLC libraries are not accessible to UNH students.

Finding Books

The pulldown menu can be set to search UNH Libraries only or broadened to search Boston Library Consortium (BLC) holdings or libraries worldwide (mostly in the US and Canada).

Items not available at the UNH Libraries usually can be requested from BLC or other libraries by using the Request option located on the right side of an item record.

The above is a keyword search of titles, authors, subjects, and content notes.

Results are ranked by relevance. Further refining by date, format, language, and other fields is possible.

You may also use the UNH Library Catalog to search for a specific title, author, subject, call number, ISBN, etc. held by the UNH Library.

The UNH Library catalog will identify books, journal titles (not articles), DVDs/videos, musical scores and recordings, maps, etc. at the Durham and Manchester campus libraries.

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Bill Ross
Special Collections Librarian

Office: Dimond Library 101D
603 862-0346


This library guide was created to support the study of history at The University of New Hampshire.

Please use this guide to help develop your research. If you need additional assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me by phone, email, IM, or Facebook. My office hours during the semester are Monday and online, Sunday night, from 8-11pm. I can also meet at other times to discuss your research needs or for one-on-one instruction on search strategies and sources.

I also serve as liaison to the History Department, so if you want to purchase or gain access to monographs, periodicals, media, or other resources that are not available at UNH, let me know and we'll determine the best strategy for connecting you with the information you need.

I welcome your suggestions for changes or additions to this guide, as well as those geared towards enhancing services provided by the UNH Library.