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HIST 1301: United States History to 1876

Librarian

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Erin Owens
Contact:
936-294-4567
eowens@shsu.edu
Room 200C, 2nd floor, Library (NGL)

Purpose

This guide is intended to provide a starting point for researching topics in U.S. history from the earliest colonial period up through 1876.

This guide is not comprehensive; it does not list all of the resources on this topic or in related disciplines owned by the Library or available on the Internet. This guide serves merely as a starting point for research.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Other Reference Books

 

 

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Subject Headings

Subject headings allow you to find books according to broader and narrower topics.

Below are sample subjects. To browse for different, broader, or narrower subjects, go to the library catalog and click "Exact Search." Enter a term and click "subject."

You can start browsing for a broad subject like Education, then look for more specific subjects, such as Education England History 18th century.

Once you know some subject headings, you can also just use them as keywords during an advanced search, using the subject row.

You can click on any subject heading below to jump-start a search in the library catalog.

You can also use the name of a historical person as a subject term; just enter the last name first, for example:

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Video Refresher: Intro to Searching the Catalog

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Browse the Collection

An excellent way to discover additional resources is to browse for books in relevant call number ranges.

  • E186 - E199 - Colonial history (1607-1775)
    • E186 - E189 - General
    • E191 - 1607-1689
    • E195 - E199 - 1689-1775
    • E196 - King William's War, 1689-1697
    • E197 - Queen Anne's War, 1702-1713
    • E198 - King George's War, 1744-1748
    • E199 - French and Indian War, 1755-1763
       
  • E201 - E298 - The Revolution
     
  • E300 - E453 - Revolution to Civil War (broken into more sub-topics than shown here; see Library of Congress link below to browse these)
    • E303 - E309 - 1775-1789. The Confederation, 1783-1789
       
    • E310 - E337 - 1789-1809. Constitutional period
      • E311 - E320 - Washington's administrations, 1789-1797
      • E321 - E330 - John Adams' administration, 1797-1801
      • E331 - E337 - Jefferson's administrations, 1801-1809
         
    • E337.8 - EE400 - Early nineteenth century, 1801/1809-1845
      • E341 - E370 - Madison's administrations, 1809-1817
      • E371 - E375 - Monroe's administrations, 1817-1825
      • E376 - E380 - John Quincy Adams' administration, 1825-1829
      • E381 - E385 - Jackson's administrations, 1829-1837
      • E386 - E390 - Van Buren's administration, 1837-1841
      • E391 - E392 - William H. Harrison's administration, March 4-April 4, 1841
      • E396 - E400 - Tyler's administration, April 4, 1841-1845
         
    • E401 - E415.2 - Mexican War, 1846-1848
       
    • E415.6 - E440.5 - Middle nineteenth century, 1845/1848-1861
      • E416 - E420 - Polk's administration, 1845-1849
      • E421 - E423 - Taylor's administration, 1849-July 9, 1850
      • E426 - E430 - Fillmore's administration, July 9, 1850-1853
      • E431 - E435 - Pierce's administration, 1853-1857
      • E436 - E440.5 - Buchanan's administration, 1857-1861
    • E441 - E453 - Slavery in the United States. Antislavery movements
       
  • E456 - E655 - Civil War period, 1861-1865
    • E456 - E459 - Lincoln's administration, 1861-April 15, 1865
    • E461 - E655 - The Civil War, 1861-1865
    • E482 - E489 - Confederate States of America
    • E491 - E586 - Armies. Troops
    • E591 - E600 - Naval history
  • E666 - E670 - Andrew Johnson's administration, April 15, 1865-1869
    • E668 - Reconstruction, 1865-1877

To discover the call number ranges for broader, narrower, or different subjects, consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline.


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