Your local libraries have excellent monographs and anthologies located in O'Neill library as well as through the BC libraries portal. Try searching for books (only books) through the WorldCat library system to see if we have what you need. If we don't, you can order material through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
That said, you might want to go up to the fourth and fifth floor in O'Neill and browse the stacks. The books are organized loosely by subject including:
Take a look at some of the following journals to get a feel for some (usually) excellent historical writing and topics. Don't forget to take a look at the articles' bibliographies to see who they are citing to.