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Subject Guide: History: Finding books in the library

This guide will help you find the most useful information available through Hiebert Library in the field of history.

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Call number ranges for history

Books in Hiebert Library are arranged using call numbers based on the Library of Congress Classification system. See our guide "How to Read a Call Number" if you need an introduction to how call numbers work.

Most books in the field of history can be found in the following call number ranges:

  C: Auxiliary sciences of history (general)

  CB: History of civilization
  CC: Archaeology
  CD: Diplomatics; Archives; Seals
  CE: Technical chronology; Calendar

  CJ: Numismatics
  CN: Inscriptions; Epigraphy
  CR: Heraldry
  CS: Genealogy
  CT: Biography

  D: History (General)
  DA-DR: Europe
  DS: Asia
  DT: Africa
  DU: Oceania (South Seas)
  DX: Romanies

11-143: America

  151-909: United States

  1-975: United States local history
  1001-1145.2: British America
  1170: French America
  1201-3799: Latin America; Spanish America

HC: Economic history and conditions

  HN: Social history and conditions


Refer to the map of Hiebert Library for help finding where these call number areas are located.

Subject Headings

Library resources in the Hiebert library are organized by subject, using the Library of Congress Classification system. Often, the best way to find resources is by doing a Subject search.

Users often use keyword searches, which can be helpful, but don’t fully capture the collections resources. You can visit the Search Strategies guide to help you strengthen your library searches.

Below are only a sample of useful subject headings you can use to find resources in various areas of the discipline. You can use the Advanced Search in the Search Hiebert Library search boxes embedded throughout the guides to subject search and find resources in the library discovery service.

Useful subject headings

Helpful hint: Always consider adding the country, region, or century to whatever search terms you're looking for.




Church history

Civilization, Medieval

Civilization, Modern

Constitutional history


Historic sites


History, Ancient

History -- Methodology

History, Modern

History -- Philosophy

History -- Religious aspects

History -- Study and teaching

International relations -- History

Middle Ages

Military history


Social history

Social movements