The WMU Libraries uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification for its books. Because of its peculiarities, you can rarely search in just ONE place for books on your topic. Use the catalog to identify books, and if you see a pattern emerging in call numbers, then you can go browse in that area in the stacks. Most American history is classified in the Es and Fs, located on the second floor of Waldo Library.
The HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that cultural records are preserved. Some items are full-text online and others are in print form; check our online catalog to see if we own them.
Use the Libraries' ADVANCED SEARCH to find books on your topic in the WMU collection.
If you already know the title or author, use the pull-down arrow to select Title or Author.
When looking for books by topic, enter your keyword(s) into the search boxes.
SEARCH TIP: If you are using a phrase in your search, be sure and put it in quotation marks, e.g., "harlem renaissance"
SEARCH TIP: Use an asterisk * to pick up variant endings of a word, e.g., educat* will retrieve education, educator, educational, etc.
Use MelCat and WorldCat to identify pertinent resources "out there" that are not owned by the WMU Libraries. You can request items directly through MelCat and through Interlibrary Loan from WorldCat. We will borrow the book(s) from another library and the service is FREE to you.
Use this database to find the best books and journal articles on topics in ancient history, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, the Renaissance, and the Atlantic world.