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Research Guide: History 1700-American Civilization

Reference Resources


The library has many reference resources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.) that will help you find background information on topics in American History and related fields.  Selected resources are listed below.  Look on the shelves near these books; there may be similar books nearby with helpful information.
  • Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies    Reference  E 45.E53 1993
  • Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History   Reference E 169.1.E624 2001
  • Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century   Reference E 169.1.E626 2001
  • American Decades   Reference E169.12.A419 1994 (nine volumes, each covers one decade 1900-1989) 
  • Documents of American History   Reference E173.C66
  • Dictionary of American History    Reference E174.D52 1976
  • Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century   Reference E 740.7.E53 1996

Finding Books


Online Catalogs  Use library online catalogs to find availability and location of books and other media by title, author, subject, or general keyword (searches all categories simultaneously).

Interlibrary Loan   If we do not own a particular book you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.


Finding Articles and Book Reviews

Article Databases

Article Databases  which are useful for finding articles on American history include America : History and Life, Academic Search Premier, JSTORProject Muse, and Social Sciences Abstracts. Each of these databases can be accessed from the Stewart Library's list of databases in the Social Sciences. Most article databases may also be accessed from off-campus by following the instructions listed for each database.

Newspaper Databases 

Use newspaper databases to find newspaper articles by subject or keyword. 

Book Reviews 

Book Review Digest - Reviews of fiction and nonfiction in magazines and journals.  Search by author and publication date to find review excerpts and references to reviews in other publications.

Other sources of book reviews include the databases America : History and Life (1964 to current, no full text), Academic Search Premier (some full text from 1990 to current), and Academic Universe (full text of New York Times Book Review from 1980 to current as well as other sources).


Web Resources


Click here for a great list of web sites on American History compiled by Dr. Kathy Payne, Stewart Library's Reference and Information Services Librarian.


Research Tips

As you do you research, keep the following tips in mind:
Updated December 30, 2008 . Please send comments to Kathy Payne
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