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Credo Reference - US History

is a collection of reference articles related to US History.

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United States History Subject Headings

Browse these subect headings and sub-headings. Click on the headings to find library holdings such as books, government documents, movies, and more. You'll also want to do a keyword search to find appropriate headings for your specific topic.

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Statistics

Historical Statistics of the United States

This five-volume reference work reflects thirty years of new data and scholarship. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field.

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Historical Census Browser

Detailed census statistics by state and county for 1790-1960.

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This resource allows you to create tables of data to track changes over time or in various locations.

Recommended Article Databases

These databases also contain other secondary sources such as theses, conference proceedings, book chapters, and more.

America: History & Life

America: History & Life provides a robust source of information focusing on the history and life of the United States and Canada. Selective indexing includes over a thousand journals dating back over 55 years.

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Covers the United States & Canada. Note: Allows 6 users at a time. Please try again later if you are not able to access this resource.
JSTOR

Scholarly journals in anthropology, art, art history, communication studies, criminology, ecology, economics, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, geography, geology, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, public and international affairs, religion, social work, sociology, statistics, theatre, and other humanities and social sciences. 

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Full-text access to an archive of over 165 history and 58 law journals. Typically excludes the latest 3-5 years of publication.
Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature, including articles, papers, theses, books, and reports. How to access full text

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is a specialized Google search that broadly searches for scholarly literature, including articles, papers, theses, books, and reports. It also provides information on how often the publication is cited by other publications. Use while you are on-campus for access to Randall Library's full-text resources.
ProQuest Central

This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. Comparable to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete.

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A multidisciplinary database that contains scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. Comparable to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete. Coverage Dates: 1905 - Present
Project MUSE

Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, to high quality humanities, arts, art history, creative writing, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, history, religion, theatre, and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.

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Has the current issues of many titles in JSTOR.

Primary Sources

- Search the Randall Library catalog (and other libraries) for history makers' names as authors. This should retrieve their memoirs, diaries and correspondence. 

- As you search subject topics in the catalog, note that the following subdivisions indicate primary source (* indicates it can be used with individuals' names,classes of persons [e.g., soldiers], and organizations) :

  • Archives *
  • Caricatures and cartoons
  • Correspondence *
  • Diaries *
  • Early works to 1800
  • Facsimilies
  • Interviews
  • Newspapers [e.g., African Americans -- Newspapers]
  • Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
  • Pamphlets
  • Personal narratives (used in relation to specific events only)
  • Photographs
  • Pictorial works
  • Songs and music
  • Sources
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.*
  • Treaties

​​- More suggestions can be found on the  "Primary Sources guide.

War of the Rebellion : A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

War of the Rebellion : A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

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Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies

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Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation

Provides full-text for Congressional debates, 1774-1875.

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Documenting the American South

Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a project at UNC-Chapel HIll that provides online access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes sixteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.

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A digital collection at UNC-Chapel Hill. Contains images, oral histories, etc.
American Memory Project

Includes images & video from American history, from 1400-present.

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A digital collection of images and text by the Library of Congress.
ARTstor Digital Library

The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 2.5+ million digital images in the arts, art history, architecture, anthropology, history, humanities, foreign languages and literatures, religion, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.

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Primary Sources - Newspapers

New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

Digital archive for the New York Times dating back to 1851. An excellent database for history, including full-text and full-image articles. For most dates, the collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue--cover to cover--in downloadable PDF files. For access to recent issues, go to the New York Times online or search US Newsstream.

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Covers 1851-3 years ago.
HarpWeek

Harper's Weekly; the Civil War Era and Reconstruction I and II

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Full text of Harper's Weekly. Coverage Dates: 1857 - 1877.
Times (London) Digital Archive

The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2006 makes 221 years of this highly regarded resource available for students and researchers of 19th-, 20th-, and early 21st-century history, literature, culture, business, art, art history, architecture, and more. Every complete page of every issue is full-text searchable — every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image and advertisement.

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Provides access to the Times (London).
Pennsylvania Gazette

Published in Philadelphia The Pennsylvania Gazette is considered The New York Times of the 18th century. It provides the reader with a first hand view of colonial America, the American Revolution and the New Republic, and offers important social, political and cultural perspectives of each of the periods.

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Full text of the Pennsylvania Gazette. Coverage Dates: 1728 - 1800.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1841-1902

Complete text of the Brooklyn, NY, newspaper, which chronicled national and international affairs as well as local news and daily life in Brooklyn. 1841-1902.

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Richmond Daily Dispatch, 1860-1865

Richmond Daily Dispatch, 1860-1865

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Virginia Gazette

Covers the dates 1730-1780.

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Government Resources

HeinOnline

Contains more than 1,200 law and law-related periodicals. Coverage is from the first issue published for all periodicals and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers. Retrieve articles by citation, browse, or search across nearly 50 million pages of content. HeinOnline also contains many useful resources for criminology, and public and international affairs, such as the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S.

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HeinOnline is the best source for legal and government documents. It includes digital versions of the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, the Federal Register from inception in 1936, the CFR from inception in 1938, a library of U.S. Congressional documents, U.S. Federal legislative history and much more.
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