American Social & Cultural History

The list is only a selection. Browse the shelves adjacent to a given title for more.

Online encyclopedias

In Print, only

Regional Culture and History

The list is only a selection. Browse the shelves adjacent to a given title for more.  The Reference collection also contains encyclopedias devoted to individual states and major cities.

Some Basic Research Tools

Use authoritative dictionaries and reference sources.

Wikipedia might be a handy tool in some cases, but it's not what your professors would call a reliable or authoritative reference source. The library resources listed below provide access to scholarly information on a range of subjects. Use the Library Subject Guides to find many more.

Race and Ethnicity

The list is only a selection. Browse the shelves adjacent to a given title for more.

For American Indian history, see the Reference Sources page of the American Indian Studies guide.

Cambridge Histories

Encyclopedias of United States History