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Missouri Government and Statistics: Books and Journals


Books are shelved by Library of Congress call numbers. Use the library's online catalog to find books and eBooks.

Call Numbers in History

History, General D —— Great Britain DA —— Central Europe DAW —— Austria DB1- DB879 —— Hungary DB901- DB999 —— Czechoslovakia DB2000- DB3150 —— France DC —— Germany DD —— Greco-Roman World DE —— Greece DF —— Italy DG —— Low Countries DH, DJ —— Eastern Europe DJK —— Russian Federation DK —— Scandinavia DL —— Spain and Portugal DP —— Switzerland DQ —— Balkan Peninsula DR —— Asia DS —— India DS401- DS486 —— China DS701- DS799.9 —— Japan DS801- DS897 —— Korea DS901- DS937 —— Africa DT43- DT154 —— North Africa DT160- DT177 —— North West Africa DT179.2- DT179.9 —— Central Africa DT348- DT363.3 —— Eastern Africa DT365- DT469 —— West Africa DT470- DT671 —— Southern Africa DT1001- DT1190 —— South Africa DT1701- DT2405 —— Oceania DU —— Australia DU80- DU398 —— New Zealand DU400- DU430 —— Gypsies DX —— Americas E- F —— United States E151- E740 and United States Local History F1- F975 —— Canada F1001- F1140 —— Mexico F1201- F1392 —— Latin America: General F1401- F1419 —— Central America F1421- F1577 —— West Indies F1601- F2191 —— South America: General F2201- F2239 —— South American Countries F2251- F3799 —— Economic History (by region and country) HC10- HC1085 —— Economic History & Conditions HD28- HD9999 —— Social History HN1- HN981

Find Books

Each book in the library has a unique call number. A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library. Murrell Library and Commons both use the Library of Congress Classification (LC) for call numbers. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects. To  determine the LC call number for a specific book, search the Avalon online catalog.

  • MOBIUS Union Catalog - allows you to search for and request books from 60+ Missouri Libraries. Typical delivery time is 3-5 business days after receipt of request. This is a FREE service for all current MVC students, faculty & staff.

If we don't own a copy of a book you need, we can borrow a copy from another library for you with a service called Interlibrary Loan.


Why Search Google Books

Google Books searches the full-text of books.  It is great for narrow topics because it lets you search within the text of books--you can see the table of contents, index or a portion of the contents of the book.  You can then locate the book in a nearby library.

Google Book Search

Database Search Tips

Use Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) to combine search concepts.


TOO FEW hits: OR to add synonyms; individual key words, NOT whole phrases; drop concept(s) with AND; truncate; consider other databases.


TOO MANY hits:  AND another concept into search; use other available limiters in the database.


Truncation symbols (?, *, !, +) will provide variant spelling after the root word. 


A wildcard (?, *) is a character that may be used in a search term to represent one or more other characters.

Do an advanced search and take advantage of the fields provided.

Use the subject headings/descriptors to find additional citations on your topic.  If that does not work, use the keyword search.

You can also use limits (e.g., publication year, language, words in the title, etc.) to narrow your retrieval. 
Set up an auto alert/RSS feed to monitor the research.