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HIST 112 Modern World Since 1550: Find Books / Scholarly Journal Articles

A guide for HIST 112 Modern World Since 1550

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The following Library of Congress classifications may be useful when browsing at the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library for books on historical topics. Books with call numbers starting with ‘D’ are located the Lower Level. Books with ‘E’ and ‘F’ call numbers are located on the 2nd Floor.

   • D World History including Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia
   • E United States History (including colonial period)
   • F United States Local History, Canada, Central & South America

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