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History: Books, Theses & Dissertations

Key locations

  • History books are shelved - call numbers D-DY and F, on Level 4 of the Hartley Library, and E on level 1.
  • Your Course Collection books are at the Library & Learning Commons, Avenue Campus when they are not available electronically.
  • Books covering economic and social history are often found on in the Social Sciences area on Level 3 of the Hartley Library.
  • We use the Library of Congress classification scheme. Key locations for titles of interest to History students are listed here.
Call Number     Subject     
D World History; History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia
E America, United States
F United States local history, Canada, Central & South America

Floor plans

The main History sequence D-DY and F is on level 4. On Level 3 you will find many books about social and economic history in the Hs and political history in J. American, Theological and Art History are shelved on Level 1. Many of your high-demand books for courses are at Avenue. Consult the relevant floor plan for locations:

Call Numbers Explained

When you enter the details of the item that you want on the library catalogue, it will display a call number or code that tells you where the item is shelved.

The call number will usually look something like this example:

DA 415 GAR 

The combinations of letters and numbers gives a location based on the subject content of the item. The items are arranged on the shelves using the call numbers.

The library floor plan will show you where items with particular call numbers are stored.


The Library has many dictionaries and encyclopaedias, including biographical dictionaries, subject dictionaries and specialist encyclopaedias. 

Some are available in hardcopy in the Library and others are online. Available online and of particular interest to History are:

E-book providers for History

We receive our e-books from a range of providers. The following are strong on coverage of historical literature and can be searched individually: 

Using other University libraries

SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme, The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.

You can sign up for the scheme on the SCONUL website.

Finding Books in Other Libraries

Theses and Dissertations

University of Southampton PhD/ MPhil theses

  • the library holds print copies of all University of Southampton doctoral level theses; these are listed on our catalogue
  • many of these are now also available online from ePrints Soton
  • there are more details about finding theses available

University of Southampton Undergraduate / Masters dissertations

  • a limited number of undergraduate dissertations are held on Blackboard under the Research Project module code
  • for Masters and further examples of undergraduate dissertations students should ask enquire at the Faculty Office or discuss with their supervisor