Welcome to the subject guide for British History! It is intended as an introduction to the resources the Library contains to help you with your research in this area. For information about Library resources for the history of other countries and areas please see: the main History guide; the American History guide; the Canadian History guide; the Medieval History guide
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Call numbers are like a book's address on the shelf - they help you locate items in the library. You will always find books shelved together by subject so understanding call numbers can help you find many resources on the shelves. Your Kwantlen library - like most academic libraries worldwide - uses an alpha-numeric (letter and number) system to arrange books on the shelf.
DA: British History DA 774.5 S27 2011
Locating a book is a progressive process: for example, to find a book with the call number DA 774.5 S27 2011 follow these steps.
DA → first find the call numbers starting with D: following that will be DA, DB, DC etc
774.5 → now start looking for the number, starting with 1 and working your way up to 256
S → now start looking for the next letter, starting with A, B, C, etc.
27 → now start looking for the next number, starting with 1 and working your way up to 4,613
2011 → the year the book was published
The Location: This will tell you which campus has the item, or if it is available full text online. Most items can be transferred to another campus through the "Place Hold" links.
Reference books and circulating books are shelved separately. In the Surrey library reference books are on the ground floor and circulating books are on the second floor.
Reference books are useful as a first step in research - they will provide a quick overview of a topic that will allow you to understand its specific terminology and parameters.