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Illinois History Research: Finding Books

This guide provides information on library resources that can be used to research topics related to Illinois History.

Finding Books & Government Publications

Books can contain summaries of research on a particular topic, such as Roger Biles' Illinois: A History of the Land and its People, or personal narratives of events, such as Reminiscences of the Civil War by a group of men from the 103rd Illinois Infantry. Books can be found using Library online catalogs, such as WestCat and I-Share, or union catalogs such as WorldCat, an index to books, maps and other resources owned by libraries throughout the World. When searching WestCat, I-Share and WorldCat, the subject heading for Illinois History is:


This phrase can be copied into a Subject Search in WestCat or I-Share. Searches can be narrowed further if needed by browsing through related subjects for an appropriate subject heading.