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History: A Guide to United States Historical Research at Cornell: Reference Materials

A guide to library research on the history of the United States

Cambridge Histories

General

Gale virtual reference library Excellent collection of full text encyclopedias.

Reference universe Search the back-of-the-book indexes to subject encyclopedias in a wide variety of subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online Outstanding collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and companions.

Historical Statistics

Encyclopedias

Tips:

Encyclopedias are great for:

  • choosing a topic
  • quick self-education
  • perspective on a topic
  • variant spellings, vocabulary, terminology
  • bibliography

United States History: Olin Library Reference call numbers E-F

General

Colonial 

19th Century

Modern

Biography