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Selected Library Resources

Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants 

Call Number: GT2880 .S3613 1993

Altering American Consciousness: The History of Drug and Alcohol Use in the United States, 1800-2000

Call Number: HV5292 .A393 2004


Two Hundred Years of Pharmacy in Mississippi 

Call Number: RS67.U7 M73 



Call Number: RM139 .P74 2012

Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda 

Call Number: TP422 .P46 2010

The Cambridge History of Medicine

Call Number: R131 .C232 2006

Alcohol: The World's Favorite Drug

Call Number: HV5035 .E39 2002

Illegal Drugs 

Call Number: RC566 .G345 2004

The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics

Call Number: HV5801 .D25 2002

Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs are Altering American Lives, Minds, and Bodies

Call Number: RM263 .C75 2005

Drugs: America's Holy War

Call Number: HV5825 .B435 2009

Cannabis: A History 

Call Number: HV5822.C3 B66 2004

The Cigarette Century 

Call Number: HD9130.8.U5 B72 2007

Finding Resources

The library website is a great place to start looking for resources for your class.

Big Search uses keywords to find books, articles, DVDs and more. 

Want to know more?  Below is a guide for formulating keywords and finding resources using Big Search

The Millsaps-Wilson Library uses Library of Congress Call Numbers to organize physical materials.  For more information on call numbers visit the Library of Congress website.

The majority of books about drugs and the history of drugs can be found in the following sections:

  • HV5001-5720.5     Alcoholism. Intemperance. Temperance reform.
  • HV5725-5770         Tobacco habit. 
  • HV5800-5840        Drug habits. Drug abuse. 
  • R5-920                     Medicine (General) 
  • RC31-1245               Internal medicine 
  • RM1-950                  Therapeutics. Pharmacology 

Books about United States History are generally located in sections E-F, but you will find books throughout our collection.

  • E 175 - 175.7           United States History Historiography 
  • F 336-350               Mississippi History


Location of Materials
Classifications A--D399                                                      East Stacks 1                                                                                            
Classifications D400--F                                                      East Stacks 2
Classifications G--HR                                                          East Stacks 3
Classifications HS--K                                                           East 3
Classifications L--Z                                                               West 3




Primary sources are contemporary accounts of an event, written by someone who experienced or witnessed the event in question. These original documents (i.e., they are not about another document or account) are often diaries, letters, memoirs, journals, speeches, manuscripts, interviews and other such unpublished works. They may also include published pieces such as newspaper or magazine articles (as long as they are written soon after the fact and not as historical accounts), photographs, audio or video recordings, research reports in the natural or social sciences, or original literary or theatrical works.

Primary:  First-hand account of an event, an original work

  • Autobiographies, letters, e-mails, diaries, speeches, interviews
  • Documents, laws, treaties
  • Raw data that has been collected
  • Works of literature, art, music
  • Newspaper accounts of events, by someone on the scene

Secondary: A summary, interpretation, or analysis of something else

  • Articles, books, biographies which summarize, interpret the original statements, documents
  • Textbooks
  • Analysis of statistics
  • Criticism — of literature, art, music
  • Secondary accounts of events by those who compile and synthesize the original accounts

Tertiary: Usually a combination or collection of primary and secondary sources

  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Indexes
  • Handbooks, guidebooks, manuals
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