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Appalachian Studies: Books at the Library

Finding Books

To find books at UNC Asheville, Appalachian State University or Western Carolina University, start with our catalog.  

Choose "Request Item" to have books from ASU or WCU delivered to UNC Asheville via ABC Express.

To find books beyond our library network, try WorldCat.

Materials not held within our network can be requested through Interlibrary Borrowing.

Browsing by Call Number

Books on Appalachian Studies are located in a number of locations in the library. Click here for a link to the library map.

For books on the history of Appalachia, these are in the E class range of the upper level of the library. Within the E range, material is organized topically. There is not one specific "Appalachian" header, but there are materials concerning specific time periods such as the Civil War (E456-655) or the Twentieth Century (E740-837.7).

For works of Appalachian literature, these are in the PS class range of the upper level of the library or the PS class range of the lower level of the library if it is juvenile literature. Yet again, there is not one specific "Appalachian" header, but you can look within specific time periods such as the Nineteenth Century (PS201-217), or from a specific geography like the South (PS261-267)

Searching the Library Catalog by Subject

It's usually best to start with a keyword search, but subject headings applied to relevant books can help to refine your results. Open the item record of a book that interests you.  Scroll down to the clickable subject headings, and run another search to explore similar books.

You can also browse the headings associated with a particular topic as a way of getting started with your research.