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American History Subject Guide (archived): Finding books

Resources for study and research in United States history

Using the VSC online catalog

Use the Calvin Coolidge Library Catalog

to browse or search for books and more
in the holdings of the VSC libraries.

The official subject heading is United States History.

You can browse items with that heading, or browse the subdivisions under it

Or try using the subdivision ”United States History” under another subject
(i.e. search Sports United States History as a subject).

Or try an Advanced Search: put “United States–history” as a subject, and put in some keywords from your topic.

For browsing purposes,
the call number for
United States history is

Using the VSC catalog

Use the Vermont State Colleges Online Catalog to search for books and more.

Searching by keyword (called "All Fields" in new online catalog)

Choose the most significant concepts for your search.  Put "and" between them.  Click on Find button or hit enter.

For example:

Searching by subject

Put your subject term in the basic search box, and select Subject from the drop-down menu. 

For example:

If you don't get results, try an Advanced Search.

For example:

Then, put in your topic as a subject.  Add a keyword for a more focused search.

Click on a title to learn more about the item and where it's located.


To find more items cataloged under the same subject heading, while you're looking at the full catalog record for the item, look at the subject headings and click on the desired one:


To place an interlibrary loan request for a book or audiovisual item found at another college in the Vermont State Colleges Online Catalog:

  • Click on the book's title
  • Click on "Place A Request" in the Holdings tab.

You'll receive the book in approximately one week if it's available.  You'll get a message in your Castleton email when it arrives.

Other VSC's books

If you're interested in an item in the catalog that is at another Vermont State College library, you can request to have it sent to Castleton for you. 

Click on

and fill out the form

It takes about a week if it's available.  You'll get an email in your Castleton email when it arrives.


These ebooks are published books available to read online. Click on the titles below to read these ebooks from Castleton's collection of ebooks through EBSCO. (Subscription resource. Log-in required for off-campus access.)

You can browse a list of books on United States history or browse the entire ebook collection or search within Castleton's ebook collection.

Search eBooks from EBSCO

Examples of Castleton's U.S. history subscription ebooks:

The American Judicial Tradition: Profiles of Leading American Judges, by G. Edward White

Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement: Abridged Edition of From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality, by Michael J. Klarman

The Civil Rights Movement, edited by the editors of Salem Press

Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1820-1870, by James M. Berquist

Locke, Jefferson, and the Justices: Foundations and Failures of the U.S. Government, by George M. Stephens

The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy since World War II, edited by Andrew J. Bacevich

Religion and American Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present, by Mark A Noll and Luke E. Harlow

Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power, by Jeremy D. Bailey

Other sources for books

Searching for books beyond Vermont State College libraries' holdings

Worldcat is a very large union catalog that includes the holdings of most U.S. academic libraries.

Search for an item in libraries near you: >>


Google Book Search

Google Books permits searching the full content of some books. Books in the public domain (not copyright protected) are available online.

Interlibrary loan, to obtain books not available in a VSC library:

If you find a book (or other item) of interest that the VSC libraries don't own, you can request it through interlibrary loan. 

Click on Search Other Libraries here or within the library catalog

Find the book you want and click on  

Then log in and make the request.  Pay attention to your Castleton email for follow-up.

Ask a Librarian




When Castleton librarians are unavailable, you will be chatting with a librarian from another academic institution.