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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.
Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Other Reference Books
Searching 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 - E199 - 1607-1775
- E201 - E298 - The Revolution
- E300 - E453 - Revolution to Civil War
- E303 - E309 - 1775-1789. The Confederation, 1783-1789
- E310 - E337 - 1789-1809. Constitutional period
- E337.8 - EE400 - Early nineteenth century, 1801/1809-1845
- E401 - E415.2 - Mexican War, 1846-1848
- E415.6 - E440.5 - Middle nineteenth century, 1845/1848-1861
- E441 - E453 - Slavery in the United States. Antislavery movements
- E456 - E655 - Civil War period, 1861-1865
- 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.
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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