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U.S. History

This guide provides useful print and online resources to help people doing research in the History of the United States of America, defined broadly.



Welcome to the U.S. History Guide. This guide provides links to the most useful tools and resources for researching U.S. History. Use the tabs on the left to navigate through the pages of this guide.

General history databases, resources, instructions for finding primary sources, and help on citation can be found on the History Guide.

What's in This Guide?

Reference and Bibliographies - background sources, print and online bibliographies that list resources on a particular topic
Scholarly Journals and Articles - find articles on US history and see key U.S. History journals
Books and Book Reviews - find books and book reviews related to U.S. History

Primary Sources by Time Period

  • Primary Sources: 18th c. and earlier- includes colonial life and the American Revolution
  • Primary Sources: 19th c. - includes U.S. history of enslaved peoples & the Civil War
  • Primary Sources: 20th c. - includes World War I, World War II & Vietnam

Primary Sources by Topic - resources organized by topics related to the American experience (ex. revolutions, Native American History, African American History, the Gold Rush)
Primary Sources by Type - resources organized by type (newspapers, images, maps, oral histories, et al.)
More Help: Citation, Writing and Research - more services and tools to help your research; professional organizations associated with the study of U.S. History

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Thank You and Credits

This research guide was adapted from resources found on these U.S. History Libguides: UC Berkeley, NYU, Boston University, Cornell, Hunter College

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