Shatford Library

Shatford Library

Day by Day... Decade by Decade

1. Library Catalog - Find Books and Media

The Library Catalog is a database of books, media, pamphlets and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the library catalog. (

Basic Search

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).

To find information about a person, use Basic Search within Subject Browse (select from the drop down menu).

To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.

Subject headings:

  • United States - Civilization - 1945-
  • History, Modern - 20th century - Chronology
  • Asia - History - Chronology

Related subjects (Narrower, Broader and See also):

  • Renaissance
  • China - History - 1949- -Chronology

To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select title browse from the drop down menu, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the').

To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, first name, e.g. 'Hemingway, Ernest'.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limitors to narrow a search.  You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu.  Another option is to search by ISBN.

To search by keyword, type in the words you want to search for then select from the menu whether you want to search for all of these, any of these (e.g., EU or European Union), or as a phrase (e.g., United Nations).

Examples of combined searches:

Search for: Africa [any of these], Search in: [Subject]
Search for: Chronology Chronologies [any of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

Search for: United States [as a phrase], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]
Search for: History [all of these], Search in: [Subject]
Search for:Chronology [all of these], Search in: [Subject]

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2. Reference Books

Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as world history or United States history.  The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.

Chronologies and Series

  • REF 917.3 A 30  America in the 20th Century.  Various Authors.
    New York: Marshall Cavandish, 1995.
    An encyclopedia and chronology of events to 1994 in 10 volumes and an index.
  • REF 973.92 A 2  American Decades.  Edited by Richard Layman.
    Detroit: Gale Research, 1994-
    In 10 volumes covering 1900-1999. Each volume covers a decade and is arranged by broad category with a chronology by year.
  • REF 902.82 C 2, 1999  20th Century day by day.
    New York: DK Publishing, 1999.
    International scope.  Highlights key dates and events by month.
  • REF 902 W 1, 1994 Chronology of the Modern World: 1763-1992. By Neville Williams and Philip Waller.  2nd ed.   Presents two chronologies of international events: one by year, month and day on the left side and one by broad category on the right side.
  • REF 902.824 L 1  Day by Day: The Forties  (c1977).  Day by Day: The Fifties (c1979).  Day by Day: The Sixties (c1983).  Day by Day: The Seventies (c1988).  Day by Day: The Eighties (c1995).  Day by Day: The Nineties (c2004)   New York: Facts on File.  Various Authors.
    A "day by day" chronology by category with some photographs.
  • REF 902 G 1, 2005  Timetables of History: A Historical Linkage of People and Events.
    By Bernard Grun.  4th ed.  New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2005.
  • REF 973 O 3-  Our American Century.  by the editors of Time-Life Books, Alexandria, VA: Time Life, 1998-2000.

Encyclopedias and Almanacs

  • REF 973.2 C 1-5, 1997  Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates. By Gorton Carruth.

    10th ed. New York: Harper Collins, 1997. 
    Covers American events by year and day through 1996.

  • REF 902 C 2 Encyclopedia of World Facts and Dates. Edited by Gorton Carruth.

    1st ed.  New York: HarperCollins, 1993.
    Arranged by year and by category on facing pages, prehistory to 1992.

  • REF 394.26 H 9, 1999  Holidays and Anniversaries of the World: A Comprehensive Catalogue Containing Detailed Information on Every Month and Day of the Year. Beth A. Baker, ed. 
    3rd ed.  Detroit: Gale Research, 1999.
  • REF 310 W 1  World Almanac and Book of Facts.  The Library has volumes for most years  1932 - present.  NOTE: Events of the year are summarized in the Almanac of the following year.  Use the index to find the “chronology” section.
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3. Databases and Indexes - Find Articles

  • Use Newspapers on Microfilm to find news for a particular day or about an event in history.  The microfilm cabinets are located on the 1st floor (downstairs) of the library.  Please ask the student assistant for help loading and viewing the microfilm. The PCC Library has:
    Los Angeles Times 1972- present           New York Times  1940- present
  • To locate magazine or newspaper articles by subject use a database (Proquest or SIRS) for articles from the early to mid 80s through the current day.
  • You may also locate articles by using a print index, such as the Readers' Guide.  This index includes articles from 1900 through the current year.
    REF 016.05 R 1-2 (2nd floor/main level)  Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature.
  • From the Shatford Library Web page choose Periodical Titles ( to see which magazines are available for a particular date.  The Library has these popular magazines and many others.
    Newsweek 1933- present                       Time 1923- present
  • U.S. History in Context   Chronology search
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4. Resources on the World Wide Web

Use a Web Subject Directory.  Select a category such as "U.S. History"  Or use a Web Search Engine to search by key words for a particular event or time period (eg. "Fifties")

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last updated: 07/15/2011 by p. johnson revision #9