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History, United States and Canada

Article Databases

This is a selected list of general secondary source databases in American Studies. See Resources by Topic for specific databases on race and ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality, environmental history, and religion and irreligion.


These resources will help you find e-books and print held by Notre Dame, other local libraries, or books held at other libraries worldwide. 


Browsing for Books

Browse the Stacks

Hesburgh Library books are shelved using Library of Congress call numbers, an alpha-numeric system. Physically browsing the shelves can be a serendipitous way to discover new topics and ideas. North American history books are located on the 10th floor. Other related topics, like English literature, religion, gender studies, etc., are located on other floors. These call number ranges are suggestive only.

Floor 10

E 11 - 143

E 151 - 909

F 1 - 975

F 1001 - 1145.2

F 1170

History of America

United States history

United States local history

History of British American (including Canada)

History of Dutch America

History of French America

Floor 9

PS 1 - 3626

PS 8001 - 8599

American literature

Canadian literature

Floor 13 BM - BQ Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and other religions
Floor 12

BX 1 - 3999

Christian denominations

Floor 11

BX 4000 - 9999

Christian denominations (con't)

Lower Level




Environmental history

Labor history

Gender and women's studies

Browse Virtually

Because of space limitations, some books have been stored off-site at the Annex. To include these materials in your browsing, use the ND Catalog's Virtual Shelf feature. It displays all materials in call number order, regardless of a book's physical location. 

Click "Virtual Shelf" in a record to view the item's topical neighbors.

Theses and Dissertations

These resources will help you find unpublished theses and dissertations, which present an author's research and findings as part of their degree candidacy or professional qualification.