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HIS 201 U.S. History Pre-Columbus to 1877


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Books are a great source for background reading or historical information. When searching for a biography, search for the person as a "subject". This will eliminate books written by the person and only retrieve books about the person. The title of the book may or may not have the word biography in it and it may be necessary to actually see the book before you can be sure that it is right for your needs. Major historical figures will have many more books written about them, than lesser, or more contemporary figures.

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Reference Books of Interest

Biographies of Interest - Presidents

Other Historical Biographies of Interest

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Inter-library Loan Service



Inter-library Loan (ILL) is a service through which materials from other libraries may be borrowed.

This service is available to all Connecticut residents who own a MCC library card.

Materials available to borrow include books, periodical articles, Eric documents,music scores, and some audiovisual materials may be requested.

Complete volumes/issues of periodicals, some audio-visual materials and materials that are non-circulating or in high demand are not available for inter-library lending.

The time taken to receive an inter-library loan is affected by numerous factors, most of which are beyond the library's immediate control. Usually, it takes 1 to 3 weeks to receive a book and 4 to 10 days to receive a periodical article.

Lending libraries determine the loan period of their materials, fines as well as whether or not the renewals are allowed. A renewal request should be made 2 days prior to the due date written on the yellow slip.

There is no charge for routine use of this service. However, if costs for a loan or photocopy exceed what is customary and usual for the library, we will contact you to ask if you would be willing to pay before the item is requested.

We will contact you by phone or email as soon as we receive the material. You may pick up and return the material at the MCC Library circulation desk during our regular hours. If the book is not picked up before the due date, it will be returned to the lending library.

How to submit a request - A separate form must be filled out for each item you wish to borrow. You may submit a request by completing an Inter-library Loan Request at the Circulation Desk. You may fax us the form. You may also use our online Inter-library Loan Service by clicking the following links:


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U.S. History Biographical Subject Headings

The following are links to subject headings developed by the Library of Congress to use in searching for resources in an online library catalog or scholarly database. Please let the librarians know if you find other subject headings that might be helpful to other HIS-201 students in the future.

Subject Headings for HIS 201 Biography Project

African American women civil rights workers -- Alabama -- Montgomery -- Biography

Civil rights workers -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- Biography

Inventors -- Biography

Presidents' spouses -- United States -- Biography

Presidents -- United States -- Staff -- Biography

Inventors -- Biography

Spies -- United States -- Biography