This is a great place to start your research. This covers multiple time periods and countries. It is a REFERENCE book and on the 2nd floor.
The six volumes cover the following time periods: ancient world through the Roman Empire in 400 C.E., 400 to 1400 C.E., 15th and 16th centuries, 17th and 18th centuries, 19th century, 20th century.
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in America
Call Number: REF E169.1 .G7553 2009
The four volumes cover the following periods: The War of Independence and Antebellum Expansion and Reform, 1763-1861, The Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Industrialization of America, 1861-1900, The Emergence of Modern America, World War I, and the Great Depression, 1900-1940 and Wartime, Postwar, and Contemporary America, 1940-Present.