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History of the United States Research Guide

Welcome to the Research Guide for U. S. History, I and II

Library Home

The suggested databases are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here and through the library home page.

Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.

Reference Works

  • America;  A Narrative History, by Geroge Tindall and David Shi, is available in the reserve collection at the libary's circulation desk.
  • A Short History of the United States, by Robert Remini, is available in the reserve collection at the library's circulation desk.
  • Desk encyclopedia of world history. Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
    Ref D21 .E577 2006
  • Encyclopedia of world history / [introduction by Patrick K. O’Brien]. New York : Facts On File, c2000.
    Ref D21 .E577 2000
  • Milestone documents in American history : exploring the primary sources that shaped America / Paul Finkelman, editor in chief ; Bruce A. Lesh, consulting editor. Dallas, Tex. : Schlager Group, c2008.
    Ref E173 .M62 2008
  • Oxford companion to United States history / editor in chief, Paul S. Boyer ; editors, Melvyn Dubofsky ... [et al.].
    Ref E174 .O94 2001

Databases

  • Academic Search Premier (ASP) and ProQuest provide access to a number of scholarly sources on a wide range of historical events.
  • American History in Video - over 1200 full length videos with more than 400 hours of footage available online, including documentaries and newsreels from The History Channel and A&E Network and Biography.
  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 - Millions of images of documents and books printed in America between Jamestown and 1800.
  • JStor - Using the acronym for “journal storage,” this collection contains a large number of scholarly journal articles in a variety of disciplines. JStor generally excludes the most recent 2 to 5 years of published articles, which is not usually a problem in historical studies. If you need more current research use ASP or Proquest

Internet Resources

American Memory from the Library of Congress
Growing collection of full-text documents, photographs, movies and sound recordings as cataloged by the Library of Congress. Includes materials from the Continental Congress, the papers of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln,19th century books and periodicals, and September 11th materials, among others.

American Studies @ The University of Virginia
Collection of topical maps that address territorial expansion, sectional conflict, slavery, and other topics. Also includes important literary and historical texts (many with hypertext links) such as Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, the Lewis and Clark Journals and Parkman's Oregon Trail.

American Women Through Time
By annotated timeline, this links to significant texts, portraits, lectures, biographies, and more on the lifestyles and rights of women in America from pre-history through the present.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School
Hundreds of original documents drawn from U.S. political legal and diplomatic history, with hypertext links to definitions and related texts.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
“This site allows you to search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)."

Digital History
"Using new technologies to enhance teaching and research" The site uses audio and video in the Multimedia section to educate and explore American History. The site also has primary source documents and modules for teachers to use in the classroom.

Documenting the American South
Documenting the American South (DAS) is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century.

Gilder Lehrman Center
For the study of slavery, resistance, and abolition.

OSSHE Historical and Cultural Atlas Resources
Series of maps that trace American history through such themes as territorial expansion and slavery. Many require the Shockwave plug-in for interactivity.

Subjects

Search the catalog using the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Adams, John, 1735-1826
Cold War
Civil Rights--United States
Great Britain--Colonies--America
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Korean War, 1950-1953
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

United States--Biography
United States--Foreign Relations
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Colonial Period, ca. 1600-1775
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Washington, George, 1732-1799
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945

Selected Journals

Research Tips

  • Search by subject:Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects
  • Once you locate an appropriate resource, additional valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography. If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on-campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan (ILL). ILL requests may be made directly into the library database WorldCat. If you have difficulty requesting an ILL in WorldCat, you may use the form on the website or request assistance from any of the library staff.
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies. You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.

Turabian is the approved citation format for this course. Information on proper Turabian citation is available in the PHC collection and online at OWL (Online Writing Lab) developed by Purdue University.

Created: Gladden, 2008. Revised and updated: Dr. Robert Spinney/Thornhill, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016.

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