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Library Resources for Finding Information on a Specific Date: Finding Books or Journals

Resources for writing assignments related to finding information that happened on a specific date or time period.

IU Libraries System

Just because you are at IUS doesn't mean you are limited to the resources we have here in our library.  You can search in IUCAT to see what other IU libraries own.  If you find an item you want, and we don't have it here it IUS, but it's checked in at another IU library, you can request that it be sent here for you to check out.  Look for the "request delivery" link in the record.


It can take 4-7 working days for an item to be sent here from another IU library, so don't wait until the last minute to begin your research. You want to allow for time just in case you want to take advantage of this service.

IUCAT: Indiana University's Online Library Catalog

IUCAT is the library catalog.  It is the tool that tells you what the library owns and where it is located.  You can use IUCAT to find books, journals, electronic books, and other resources. 

Useful terms to search are:

eyewitness history

social life and customs

United States history

personal narratives

19th century

Search terms may be combined in order to make a search more specific.  For example, one can search using the following terms:

United States and 19th century and history