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History 357 History of British Capitalism

Why Books?

Books are useful for in-depth information; including historical context, overview, synthesis and analysis of information.

Often a chapter or two, rather then the entire book, are all that may be relevant for your topic.

The process of writing, editing and publishing a book is lengthy, thus even the most recently published books may not contain the most current information on your topic.

Library Catalog - Items in the 5 College Libraries

NOTE: Due to Covid restrictions, access to printed materials is limited. Please click on this link for additional information. 

Search for books, DVD's, CD's, scores, and journal titles in the Mount Holyoke and other Five College Libraries

Sample Subject Headings:

  • Great Britain -- History -- 19th Century
  • Great Britain -- Social Conditions -- 19th Century
  • Great Britain -- History -- 20th Century
  • Great Britain -- Social Conditions -- 20th Century
  • Great Britain -- Politics and Government -- 19th Century
  • Great Britain -- Politics and Government --20th Century
  • London (England) -- Description and Travel
  • London (England) -- Guidebooks
  • London (England) -- Social Conditions

Note: Collections of Primary Source materials have the word "sources" at the end of the above subject headings. Eg. Great Britain -- Commerce -- History -- Sources

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Google Books - extra features to search and access books

Search and read portions of the full text of some books made available by Google. 

Access extra features like reviews, similar titles, and user reviews.

  • you can click Get this book in print > Find in a library (old Google Books) or Get the book > Search WorldCat (new Google Books) to search for the title in WorldCat. If the book isn't available at MHC, you can use WorldCat's MHC:Get it! & Interlibrary Loan link to request a book through inter-library loan.
Google Book Search

Finding books on the Mt. Holyoke shelves

Find the correct floor and section of the library

Reading LC Call Numbers

  • N - describes the subject area: read in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic: read as a whole number
  • B634- describes the author's last name: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication: read in chronological order

Request books from another 5 College Library

Click on request item in the catalog to have an item sent from another 5 College library to MHC.  You will get an email when it arrives, pick it up at the MHC circulation desk and return it there when you are done. 

Request books from outside the 5 Colleges

From Google Books, Wordcat or the library databases, click the MHC Get It button  MHC Get It                         then select "Request from another library."

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