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History & Political Science

A guide for finding and using history & political science information

Browsing for Books in the Library


The Riley Library arranges books using Library of Congress Classification (call numbers will begin with letters rather than numbers). Though history & political sciences are covered in many different disciplines (e.g. a political issue may also be an economic issue), the major sections for both history and political science are listed below. For a full description of the Library of Congress classification system, click here


D General history, historiography
DA Great Britain, Ireland
DB Austria, Hungary, Czech
DC France
DD Germany
DE Greco-Roman World
DF Greece
DG Italy
DJ Netherlands
DJK Eastern Europe
DK Russia
DL Scandinavia
DP Spain & Portugal
DQ Switzerland
DR Balkans
DS Asia
DT Africa
DU Oceana
E United States
F US States, Canada, Latin America

Political Science

J General legislative and executive papers
JA Political science (General)
JC Political theory
JF Political institutions and public administration
JJ Political institutions and public administration (North America)
JK Political institutions and public administration (United States)
JL Political institutions and public administration (Canada, Latin America, etc.)
JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)
JS Local government. Municipal government
JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
JX International law, see JZ
JZ International relations


Finding ebooks at Riley Library


There are two ways to access the library's ebooks. Just remember that our ebooks are provided by a few different companies, so the look and functionality may be different.

1) From the search box on the library's home page.


  • Choose the Books Icon, then enter search terms and click magnifying glass icon

  • On results page, check the Book box under the Format section on the left-hand side of the page to de-select all book formats, then check ebooks to get only ebook results.



               There are two ways to open an ebook:

  • Click View Online button. You may be asked to log in.



  • Click the title link (the title in the example is John Wesley), then look at Availability (you may need to click Availability to view all options). This will give View eBook links to open the ebook. Note: if Ebook Central Academic Complete is an option, choose it. It is the most user-friendly.


3) From Databases A-Z.  Click on the Research tab on the library website, then select Databases A-Z.  Choose "Ebook Central" to search just the Ebook Central collection of books directly. Other ebook collections are also listed there if you'd like to search them directly - Credo (reference books), Oxford Reference, and  EBSCO ebooks (hint: select Religion from the "Browse by Category" list).