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HIST 001M: History of Food (SC)

History 001M: History of Food in North America (A. Dorsey) - Fall 2019

Where are the US history books in McCabe?

You'll find most of the US history books in McCabe in the E and F sections. The E section is on the Lower Level. The F section is on Level 2.

Library books are shelved by subject according to the Library of Congress Classification system. So some books relevant to your research may not be shelved with the Es and Fs, because they may be kept with other books on politics, religion, mass media, etc. (Curious about this system? View this list of sub-categories within the Es and Fs, American history.)

You don't need to memorize all of this - just use Tripod to find a call number, which tells you where the book can be found.

How to find books: using Tripod effectively

To find a book, use Tripod, the library catalog for the TriCo Libraries. You can request books from Bryn Mawr and Haverford, and they'll be delivered to Swarthmore within a day or two. You'll get an email when the books come in.

1. Search Tripod to find books on your topic.
2. Once you've found a book that looks relevant, check to see whether the book is available at Swarthmore:
If it says S McCabe, find the Call Number. This will tell you where to find the book in the library.

Call Numbers in McCabe Library:

A-E call numbers - Lower Level of McCabe (below the main floor)
F-K call numbers - Level 2 (above the main floor)
L-Z call numbers - Level 3


If the book you want is only available from (Haverford / Magill) or B (Bryn Mawr / Canaday), click the Request link.

After logging in, complete the request process to have the book delivered to you at Swarthmore within 48 hours (usually faster).

Using One Good Book to Find Others
When you've located a relevant book, there are several strategies you can use to find additional related works.
  • Search by the subject headings you find in the book's Tripod record--this will help you find other books on the same topic, classified with the same subject heading.  (For example: Cooking > America > History.)
  • Consult the book's bibliography and use Tripod and library databases to track down some of the sources that author cited.