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European History: Books

Brief guide to resources in European History.


Holy Cross Library Catalog
Books at Dinand are arranged by Library of Congress Call Number.

  • Reference books are located in the Main Reading Room. 
  • Call numbers A through G are on the upper (Mezzanine) level.  Try browsing call numbers beginning with the letter D for books about European history.  
  • Call numbers H through Z are on the lower (Ground) level, with a few exceptions. Call numbers beginning with ‘M” are located in the Music Library and “Q, R, S, T” are in the Science Library.

The are over 49 million  bibliographic records in WorldCat, covering books, journals, audiovisual materials, etc. Try searching for a topic of interest here. If HC has the book, you will see the words "COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS," highlighted in blue. If you'd like a book that HC does not have, submit an interlibrary loan request.


Searching for books is often best done by either Keywords or Subject Headings. Start with a Keyword search and identify some relevant books. Then look at the subject headings for those books. You can follow the subject heading links in the catalog to find similar books, or you can use the terms in the subject headings to revise your search strategies.

Example of a Keyword search and possible Subject Heading:

Keyword Search:
Spanish Civil War

Subject Heading:
Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939.