Research Guides: American History

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Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Scholarly Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, Trade Journals, Book Reviews, Images,
  • Many full-text articles; some articles have citation and abstract information only
  • EBSCOHost search interface

African American History Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
  • History
  • Encyclopedias, Primary Sources, Biographies, Images, Multimedia, Speeches
  • All full-text
  • Publications include American Biographies, Notable Scientists, Presidential Profiles, Revolutionary War Leaders, and many more
  • Coverage of historical events of the last 500 years
  • Facts on File search interface

American History Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
  • History
  • Encyclopedias, Primary Sources, Biographies, Images, Multimedia, Speeches
  • All full-text
  • Publications include American Biographies, Notable Scientists, Presidential Profiles, Revolutionary War Leaders, and many more
  • Coverage of historical events of the last 500 years
  • Facts on File search interface

American Indian History Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
  • History
  • Encyclopedias, Primary Sources, Biographies, Images, Multimedia, Speeches
  • All full-text
  • Publications include American Indian Lives, Contemporary Native American Issues, Indians of North America, and many more
  • Coverage of historical events of the last 500 years
  • Facts on File search interface

American Women's History Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
  • History
  • Encyclopedias, Primary Sources, Biographies, Images, Multimedia, Speeches
  • All full-text
  • Publications include American Indian Lives, Contemporary Native American Issues, Indians of North America, and many more
  • Coverage of historical events of the last 500 years 
  • Facts on File Interface

Biography Reference Bank Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Business, Literature, Popular Culture
  • Biographies, Book Reviews, Essays, Images
  • Many full-text articles; some articles have citation information only
  • Content from Current Biography, Junior Authors & Illustrators, and World Authors Series
  • EBSCOHost search interface

Credo Reference Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks
  • All full-text

Facts on File History Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
  • History
  • Encyclopedias, Primary Sources, Biographies, Images, Multimedia
  • All full-text
  • Searches six Facts on File databases: African-American History Online; American History Online; American Indian History Online; American Women's History Online; Ancient & Medieval History Online; Modern World History Online
  • Facts on File search interface

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Art History, Business, Economics, Education, History, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Social Sciences
  • Scholarly Journals, Book Reviews, Theater Reviews, Pamphlets
  • All full-text, PDF
  • Archival coverage of journals back to first issue
  • Moving wall embargo – full-text may not be available for most current 1-5 years, depending on publication 

New York Times - Historical Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • History, Multidisciplinary
  • Newspaper, Images
  • All full-text, PDF
  • Coverage includes articles from September 18, 1851 to 2005
  • ProQuest search interface

Project Muse Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • US History
  • Humanities and social science
  • Scholarly Journals, Book Reviews, Theater Reviews, Pamphlets
  • All full-text, PDF

Proquest Central Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Scholarly Journals, Newspapers, Magazines, Reports, Trade Journals E-Books, Conference Papers, Dissertations & Theses, Government Publications
  • Many full-text articles; some articles have citation information only
  • ProQuest search interface

Encyclopedias

American Heritage Encyclopedia of American History
Print Location: E174 .A535 1998

American National Biography
Print Location: CT213 .A68 1999
Reference Collection
24 vols.
American Revolution: An Encyclopedia
Print Location: E208 .A433
Reference Collection
2 vols.
Encyclopedia of African American History
Print Location: E185 .E5453 2009
Reference Collection
5 vols.
Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy
Print Location: E183.7.H28 2004
Reference Collection
Encyclopedia of American History
Print Location: E174.5.E52
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Encyclopedia of American Political History
Print Location: E183.E48 2001
Reference Collection
Encyclopedia of American Social History
Print Location: HN57 .E58
Reference Collection
3 vols.
Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Culture
Print Location: E169.12 .E49 2001
Reference Collection
Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
Print Location: E184 .A1 G14
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2 vols.
Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes
Print Location: E76.2 .W35 1988
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Encyclopedia of New Jersey
Print Location: F132.E52 2004
Reference Collection
Encyclopedia of the Confederacy
Print Location: E487 .E55 1993
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4 vols.
Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies
Print Location: E45 .E53
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3 vols.
Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century
Print Location: E740.7.E53
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4 vols.
Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations
Print Location: E183.7.E53 1997
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4 vols.
Native Americans: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture & Peoples
Print Location: E77 .P89 1998
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2 vols.
New Encyclopedia of American Scandal
Print Location: E179 .N53 2001
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Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian
Print Location: E76.2 .R4 2009

Dictionaries

Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography
Print Location: E176 .D563
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11 vols. + supplements
Dictionary of American History
Print Location: E174 .D52 2003
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10 vols.
Historical Dictionary of the American Revolution
Print Location: E209 .M36 2010
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Notable American Women, 1607-1950
Print Location: CT3260 .N57
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3 vols.
Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary Completing the Twentieth Century
Print Location: CT3260.N5725 2004
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Handbooks & Guides

Archaeology in America
Print Location: E159.5 .A68 2009
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4 vols.
Companion to American Thought
Print Location: E169.1 .C685
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Milestone Documents in American History : Exploring the Primary Sources that Shaped America
Print Location: E173.M62 2008
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3 vols.
Reader's Guide to American History
Print Location: E178 .P27 R42 1997
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Reference Library of Black America
Print Location: E185 .R435
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5 vols.
Term Paper Resource Guide to Twentieth Century United States History
Print Location: E741 .M83 1999
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Newspapers

African American Newspapers Collection
Among the various newspapers in the collection is Frederick Douglass's The North Star, which he ran out of Rochester, New York, during the antebellum years.

Websites

AMDOC: Documents for the Study of American History
Source: WWW Virtual Library
Documents and audio/video files related to many aspects of American History from the 9th century through today, organized by time period.
American Civil War Homepage
Source: Dr. George H. Hoemann, Univ. of Tennessee
A collection of Internet resources about the Civil War, including biographical information, military information, battles and campaigns, images, records and rosters.
American History/About.com Guide
Source: About.com
Browse by topic for biographies, articles, timelines, speeches and images related to all aspects of American History. Links to outside Internet resources which may or may not have research value and should be evaluated carefully.
American Memory Resource contains images
Source: Library of Congress
A collection of digitized documents, audio and video files, photographs and images, maps and sheet music chronicling the American experience.
Avalon Project at Yale Law School -- Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
Source: Yale Law School
A collection of digital documents related to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. Primary sources have been enhanced to enable linking between documents and the addition of explanatory material. An excellent site to find primary source American history documents.
Presidential Libraries
Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Provides links to all of the Presidential libraries homepages and contains information about conducting research through the libraries. Also provides links to information and documents related to inauguration, First Ladies, the 25th Ammendment, and salaries and benefits of U.S. Presidents. Audio and video podcasts from the Presidential archives are featured weekly.
U.S.Census Bureau
Source:  U.S. Census Bureau
The leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.
Wars for Viet Nam 1945-1975
Source: Vassar College
Primary and secondary sources related to the Viet Nam War including translations of documents from the Vietnamese Archives.
WWW Virtual Library
Source: WWW Virtual Library
A collection of sites containing primary and secondary source material for a variety of topics related to history. Topics include the American West, Prediscovery History, the Civil War, U.S. History Museums, U.S. Historic Sites, Native Americans, Slavery, and WWI.

Organizations

Primary Sources

Avalon Project at Yale Law School -- Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
Source: Yale Law School
A collection of digital documents related to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. Primary sources have been enhanced to enable linking between documents and the addition of explanatory material. An excellent site to find primary source American history documents.
Documents of American History
Print Location: E173 .C66 1973
Reference Collection
Facts on File History Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
  • History
  • Encyclopedias, Primary Sources, Biographies, Images, Multimedia
  • All full-text
  • Searches six Facts on File databases: African-American History Online; American History Online; American Indian History Online; American Women's History Online; Ancient & Medieval History Online; Modern World History Online
  • Facts on File search interface

Historic Documents
Print Location: E839.5 .H57
Reference Collection
39 vols.
Milestone Documents in American History
Print Location: E173.M62 2008

Wars for Viet Nam 1945-1975
Source: Vassar College
Primary and secondary sources related to the Viet Nam War including translations of documents from the Vietnamese Archives.
Women's Liberation Movement Print Culture Resource contains images
Source: Duke University Libraries
Manifestos, speeches, essays, and other materials documenting various aspects of the Women's Movement in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Images

American Characters: Selections from the National Portrait Gallery
Print Location: CT215 .L49 1999
Reference Collection
American Memory Resource contains images
Source: Library of Congress
A collection of digitized documents, audio and video files, photographs and images, maps and sheet music chronicling the American experience.

Almanacs & Yearbooks

Almanac of American History
Print Location: E178 .M667 2006

Atlases

Historical Atlas of the United States
Print Location: G1201.S1 F5 2004
Atlas Stand
Mapping New Jersey
Print Location: G1255 .S5 2009
Atlas Stand
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Subject Specialist
Picture: Robert Egan

Robert Egan
robert.egan@raritanval.edu
Technical Services Librarian
Tel: ext. 8300

Book Search
Browse the Collection
  • E151-189 -- United States
  • E171-180 -- United States, History
  • E186-199 -- Colonial History (1607-1775)
  • E201-298 -- The Revolution, 1775-1783
  • E300-453 -- Revolution to the Civil War 1783-1861
  • E456-459 -- Civil War Period, 1861-1865
  • E660-738 -- Late Nineteenth Century, 1865-1900
  • E740-840.8 -- Twentieth Century
  • E895-904 -- Twenty-First Century
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