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Sample Searches:

colonial AND united states AND women

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the terms. 


american revolution OR revolutionary war

Use OR between similar terms.  You must capitalize OR.


"united states"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "united states" to find the words in that specific order.



Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word. Using adopt* as a search term will include results that refer to adopt, adopts, adopted, adopting, and adoption.

When You Find a Book in the Library Catalog...

...Write down the book's Call Number. The call number is basically the book's address, and is what you will use to find the book on the shelf.

Learn More About Call Numbers and Finding Books

(eBooks do not have call numbers. You will view them online.)

Textbooks on Reserve

Did you know that you can find some of your textbooks at the library? Stop by the desk and see if your professor provided a copy for you to use.


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Here are a few places you can find eBooks; from off campus you will log in with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).  More information on downloading eBooks.

Browse in the Bookshelves for Books on...


American Indians

E58 – E109

African-American History

E184.5 – E185.97

U.S. Colonial History (1607-1775)

E186 – E199

Revolution (1775-1783)



E441 – E453

Civil War, Reconstruction (1861-77)

E456 – E668

Early 20th Century (1901-1961)

E740 – E837.7

Late 20th Century (1961-2000)


21st Century

E895 –

U.S. States

F1 – F900s

   District of Columbia

F191 – F205


F221 – F235


 NOTE:  This list is a just a general guide.  Use the library catalog to search for specific regions, countries, eras or civilizations.