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U.S. History - Civil War

This guide will help you find reliable information on the U.S. Civil War, in both print and online sources.

Search the Classic Catalog

Search for books using St. Louis Community College's Classic Catalog.


Search Strategies

Begin in the STLCC Catalog to find books in the library. The two basic methods for searching are the keyword and the subject searches.

The subject search is somewhat misleading--it only searches for subjects as defined by the Library of Congress.

Because most library users are not familiar with the official Library of Congress Subject Headings, it is often a good idea to begin with a keyword search.

Keyword Searching

Some examples of keyword searches include

  1. Lincoln AND speeches
  2. United States AND civil war AND causes
  3. Confeder* AND generals

NOTE: The asterisk (*) truncates a term and will retrieve all forms of the word that follow the truncation symbol. For example, confeder* will retrieve confederacy, confederate, confederated, confederation, etc. The asterisk can also be used as a wildcard for an unknown letter, as in cemet*ry, etc.

Subject Searching

Results from your keyword searches will help you identify appropriate subject headings. Throughout history, several countries have had civil wars besides the United States.  Be sure to specify the American (or United States) Civil War, sometimes referred to as The War Between the States. The war was fought 1861-1865.

Below are some examples of subject headings. 

  1. United States-History-Civil War, 1861-1865
  2. Barton, Clara, 1821-1912
  3. Andersonville Prison
  4. Slaves-Emancipation-United States

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