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HIS102: Empires, Encounters, and Exchanges: From the Silk Road to the Present

Library catalogue

Find books in the library catalogue on the library home page

Enter your keywords in the search box. Keep the keywords simple. Examples:
Topic: What methods did Africans use to resist slavery?

slavery resistance

slavery resistance united states

Topic: How did members of the three religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, relate to one another in Muslim-ruled Spain.

          christians jews muslims spain

Get better results

Our catalogue looks a bit like shopping for your tablet or ipod. You can use the side menu to narrow down your choices.

In this example, for your search on the topic of resistance to slavery, you could choose a library like Robarts, narrow down to online resources, or focus your subject, choosing the United States for example. Choose View more for additional subjects.

For e-books, you can also click on online at the top of the page.



For history, being able to choose your language can be very helpful. For example, for books on the Portuguese in India:


If you want to see the most recent books at the top of the list, choose sort, and then the down arrow.


How to find the book in the library

1. Look up the title in the library catalogue. Note the call number, for example,  E76.7 .K68 2009

2. Enter the elevators on the 1st floor of Robarts Library.

The books at Robarts are on the 9th to 13th floor.  A chart on the elevator tells you which call numbers are on which floor, according to the first letter or letters. In this case, E is on the 10th floor, with most other history books.

3. Once you are on the floor, find the section with the correct letters. Then work your way through each line of the call number.

4. To sign out your book, take it back to the 1st floor and use one of the automatic machines. If you need help, ask at the loan services desk.