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HIST 214 Pacific Northwest History (Norberg): Books

Why Use Books?

Why Use Books?       


  • can give you an in-depth analysis of your topic      
  • can get you a historical perspecitve on your topic to see how it has evolved over time
  • often are written by authors who are experts or have taken the time to do research on a particular subject
  • help you understand the complexity your topic

When you find a book...

  • you do not have to read the whole book! Instead look at the table of contents in the front to find which chapters will be most helpful to you
  • look in the back of the book.  Often there is a list of sources that the author consulted when he or she wrote the book.  You might want to use these sources for your research, too!
  • EVALUATE it to determine if it is a credible sources for your research
Get books from other libraries through INTERLIBRARY LOAN (see instructions below)

Browse Books

Browse Books

Books about northwest history are grouped together on the library shelves.

  1. Open books and skim through the chapter headings to see if one relates to your topic.
  2. If you'd like help, ask a librarian to help you locate the books
  3. Click on links to see list of books by region:

Find Books in the Holman Library

Search for Books and Ebooks
in the Primo One Search Tool

  1. FIRST: Try broad search words relating to your topic, such as:
  • women WWII
  1. NEXT: Try a new search.  Add words to narrow your search, such as:
    • labor   northwest  
    • nurses   oregon
    • industry    washington state
    • argiculture   idaho
    • spies    montana
    • homefront   alaska
  • Example searches:
    women WWII labor
    women WWII agriculture
    women WWII agriculture oregon
    women WWII agriculture norwthwest
  1. ALSO: Brainstorm synonyms or related terms for search words
  • Example: agriculture- farms, crops, harvest, food supply
  • Example searches:
    • women WWII farms
    • women WWII food supply
    • women WWII crops oregon
  1. FINALLY refine your results by source type =  "books" 

(see example below)

Get Books from Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan
Get Books from other Libraries

  1. Click on the link above. Enter search words to find books that are owned by libraries across the United States
  2. Note down the author, title, publisher, publication date and ISBN number of the book
  3. Make an Interlibrary Loan Request using the link below so that the book can be sent to Green River's Holman Library for you to borrow 
    NOTE: this process may take one week
  4. For an example of how to make an interlibrary loan request, see the tab above called "Interlibrary Loans"

Google Books

Find previews of books through Google Books

  1. Search Google Books to find full text or partial text of books online

  2. Choose books that indicate "Preview" You may not see entire text of the book, but many of the chapters may be included. You can often find great information in these chapters.

Primo Refine Results by Source Type = Books

Screenshot of how to access books by limiting to the source type in the catalog