What type of information can I find in books?

Books provide in-depth coverage on a topic and have a broader focus than articles. You can look at book chapters to help you navigate through a book more quickly and find the information you need. 

The UHV Library has both physical books and electronic books. Below, you'll find information on how to find both physical books and electronic books on your topic.

Search the Library Catalog

The library catalog holds things like books, ebooks, and streaming videos. If you are only looking for books on your topic, and not articles, search the library catalog below.

Want to Browse?

Browsing, like in a book store, is sometimes the best way to find interesting books on your topic. You can do this in person at the UHV Library and the Victoria College Library. In libraries, we use call numbers to organize books by subject. Here are the call number ranges, or sections on the shelf, where you are likely to find books on political science & history topics.

Political Science

  • H1-99 - Social sciences (General)
  • HA1-4737 - Statistics
  • ​HM1-1281 - Sociology
    • HM435-477 - History of sociology. History of sociological theory
    • HM481-554 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects 
    • HM621-656 - Culture
    • HM661-696 - Social control
    • HM701 - Social systems
    • HM706 - Social structure
    • HM711-806 - Groups and organizations
    • HM811-821 - Deviant behavior. Social deviance
    • HM826 - Social institutions
    • HM831-901 - Social change
    • HM1001-1281 - Social psychology
  • HN1-995 - Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • HQ1-2044 - The Family. Marriage. Women
  • HT51-1595 - Communities. Classes. Races
  • HV1-9960 - Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology


  • D1-2027 - History (General)
  • DA1-995 - History of Great Britain
  • DAW1001-1051 - History of Central Europe
  • DB1-3150 - History of Austria. Liechtenstein. Hungary. Czechoslovakia
  • DC1-947 - History of France
  • DD1-(905) - History of Germany
  • DE1-100 - History of the Greco-Roman world
  • DF10-951 - History of Greece
  • DG11-999 - History of Italy
  • DH1-925  - History of Low Countries. Benelux Countries
  • DJ1-500 - History of Netherlands (Holland)
  • DJK1-77 - History of Eastern Europe (General)
  • DK1-949.5 - History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
  • DL1-1180 - History of Northern Europe. Scandinavia
  • DP1-402 - History of Spain
  • DQ1-851 - History of Switzerland
  • DR1-2285 - History of Balkan Peninsula
  • DS1-937 - History of Asia
  • DT1-3415 - History of Africa
  • DU1-950 - History of Oceania (South Seas)
  • DX101-301 - History of Romanies
  • E11-143 - America
  • E151-909 - United States
  • F1-975 - United States local history
  • F1001-1145.2 - British America (including Canada) Dutch America
  • F1170 - French America
  • F1201-3799 - Latin America. Spanish America

​How are you supposed to use a call number? Write down the call number or call number range you'd like to explore. At the end of our bookshelves are markers that tell you what call number ranges for that shelf. They are organized alphabetically and then numerically. So for example, you would go to the Fs. Then the FAs then FA1 and so on until you found the specific call number or call number range. If you need help finding a call number, you can get help at the Ask a Librarian desk on the second floor.