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HIST 4368 / HIST 5371: The Era of the American Revolution, 1763-1789

Get started researching topics in the American Revolution.


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Erin Owens
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This guide is intended to provide a starting point for researching topics related to the American Revolution.

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.

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Other Reference Books

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Books in the Thomason Room

Find books on the American Revolution located in the Thomason Room Special Collections department.

The Thomason Room is located on the 4th floor of the library. Its hours are 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday (or by appointment). All students are welcome to visit the Thomason Room.

You can speak with the staff in the Thomason Room by heading upstairs to see them, or by calling 936-294-1619.

Search the Library Catalog

Search for books and other items in SamCat, the library catalog.


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Browse the Library Shelves

An excellent way to discover additional resources is to browse for books in relevant call number ranges. Most books on this topic will be located on the 4th floor in the following call number ranges:

  • E201 - E298 - The Revolution

  • 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

  • E300 - E453 - Revolution to Civil War (broken into many sub-topics; see link below to browse these)

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

Start Searching with 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.

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