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History: United States

Use this guide to find books, articles, and reference sources to help you begin exploring and thinking about research in history and related fields.

LC Call Numbers: American History

You will find most books on U.S. history in the C, E, and F ranges on the second floor of the library. The 'C' class covers general subjects, including the history of civilization, archaeology, and biography. The 'E' and 'F' classes encompass the history of the Americas with sub-divisions by region. History lends itself to an extraordinary insterdisciplinary range, however, so your research may take you into other areas as well.

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Click HERE or a detailed breakdown of the E and F Classes.

Reference Shelf

Learn the Address: Ken Burns

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.The collection of recordings housed on this site will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

Ken Burns has been making films for more than 30 years. His latest documentary, "The Address," premieres on PBS on April 15, 2014. You can learn more about Burns' project HERE.

Online Resources: American History

On the Air

American History Online

The list of collections to the right includes just a sampling of the wealth of history resources available online. If you don't see what you're looking for, consider some of these strategies for seeking additional sources:

Browse a history subject directory. Subject directories are useful when you are interested in seeing a broad variety of sources on your topic. Some subject directories include annotations and evaluations of sites. Some examples:

Use a search engine. Google Scholar might be a good choice (see box at far right). Search engines are useful when you are researching a narrow topic or trying to locate a specific document. When searching, use specific terms rather than broad terms. For example, search for the “emancipation proclamation” not just “slavery,” or search for "Rosa Parks” and "Mongomery" rather than “Civil Rights” and "South." The more specific you can be, the better reults you will get.

Get recommendations from your professor or librarian. Many libraries compile lists of recommended history sites. Some examples include:

Check published guides to history web sites. If you get an early start, you can request one of the following titles through MOBIUS:

  • History and the Internet: A Guide. By Patrick D. Reagan. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
  • Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in History. By Kathleen W. Craver. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999.

Look for "Best of" posts and other reviews like this curated list from EdTechTeacher: Best of History Websites.


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