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Western Civilization: Books & eBooks

Use this guide to explore library materials related to Western Civilization

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Need research help? Having trouble finding, identifying or evaluating library resources? That is what your CSM librarians are here to do.  

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You Don't Have the Book I Need!

The library provides a free service for currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff called Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

If the title is located at Another CSM Campus; materials can be sent a campus of your choice. 
Delivery: 1-3 days.

If we do not own the title you need:

Search WorldCat and request using (ILL); use to get items that are online or at other colleges and libraries.
Delivery: 1-4 weeks.

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To search by subject, enter the following terms or phrases, including puctuation, in the library catalog search box and click "Subject." For the following, replace the bolded words with your search terms. You can also browse by subject headings.

Civilization, Ancient

Civilization, Classical

Civilization, Greco-Roman

Civilization, Modern

Civilization, Western


For the following, replace the bolded words with your search terms.

Topic or Place -- History  [Example: Art -- History or China -- History]

Topic or Place -- Civilization

Topic or place -- Social life and customs

Topic or place -- Economic conditions

Place -- History -- Time period [Example: China -- History -- 20th century]

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  • Subjects covered in the book
  • Other books written by the same author(s)
  • Books in the same series

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The CSM library uses Call Numbers to organize books on the shelves.

Call Numbers are a book's shelf address. The combination of letters and numbers tells you where to find it in the library.

When you look up a book on the CSM library web site, you'll find the Call Number on the book info page. Write down this number and match it up with label on the book on the shelf.

Books with call numbers that start with REF are in the reference collection and cannot be checked out.

Books that don't start with REF are available for check-out with a valid CSM Student ID.

If you need help finding a book, ask a librarian!


Find e-Books

eBooks Databases

eBooks on the Web

Reference books from the Gale Virtual Reference Library:

Latest eBooks on "western civilization" from the eBook Collection (EBSCO):