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HIST 147: The History of the United States, 1900-1945

Oversize Books

Primary source material such as photos, maps, and works of art are often contained in print books.  Books containing this type of material tend to be large and do not fit on our standard size shelves.  We shelve large (OVERSIZE) books in a separate section on each of the stack floors.  When you are searching in the library catalog and you see OVERSIZE preceding the call number, you know the book will be shelved in a separate section.  To locate it, simply take the elevator to the floor denoted by the call number (ex, call numbers beginning with the letter E are all located on the fourth floor).  When you exit the elevator, go to your right and walk all the way down to the end.  That is where you will see the oversize books.

You can also browse the oversize section in the call number range your topic is associated with.

Government Information

Publications generated by a government body, public records, reports and statistics such as census records, laws, Supreme Court decisions and treaties are excellent sources of primary materials.  The John W. Wydler Government Information Depository of Hofstra University is a virtual depository designated by the U.S. Federal government.  Click the link above for information about the depository, guidance for using the collection, and contact information for additional help.

Search the catalog and online databases

Use DISCOVERY to locate primary source materials.  Click on the Books/eBooks tab to start.


Use the following databases to locate primary materials

Special Collections and Archives

You might want to visit libraries which have collections of manuscripts, papers, organizational records, ephemera or other unpublished materials relating to the people, organizations and agencies involved in the events.  These are often original, one-of-a-kind materials.  Click on the link above for Hofstra University's Special Collections department.


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