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U.S. History

Getting Started

Step 1: Use tertiary sources, or reference sources, to gather background information.

Step 2: Search for secondary sources - books, ebooks, and scholarly sources. 

Step 3: Look for primary sources.

History Department Guide

Follow the guidelines in the History Department Guide for all of your History Department research papers.

How To Use This Guide

On this guide you will find links to databases, books, and websites in addition to tutorials on searching our databases. Click on the tabs on the left to search for information on your topic, from primary to secondary to tertiary sources. If you have questions at any point in the research process, you can ask any library or ARC staff member for help.

Why Study U.S. History?