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HIS 125 - History of the United States since 1877

Background & Secondary Sources

sECONDARY sources

 

Once you identify your subject for research, you'll want to discover some basic background information to answer the following questions:

  • Who: names of significant people, movements, or organizations
  • When: beginning and ending dates for individuals or events
  • Where: watch for place name changes in the past
  • What: significance of subject can affect how many records from the past still exist
  • More Info: watch for further references or citations that you'll want to uncover for additional information

 

Armed with names, dates, and other details from the background sources, you'll dive into Primary & Secondary Source search tools. This page highlights Secondary Source tools while the previous page focuses on Primary Sources.
 

* Special thanks for the librarians at Loyola Marymount University (LA) with their creation of much of the content regarding primary source searching on this guide.

Background Info Resources

Background Information Resources

 

The series, Oxford History of the United States, is a major scholarly work that provides background, factual information covering U.S. history. In these volumes, you will discover content as well as cited sources you can search for in order to identify additional sources.

While there are more volumes in the set than listed below, the ones identified here cover the time frame of this course. We have each book in print and eBook format, so more than one student can use each volume at the same time!

History Background Info Sources

Oxford History of the United States

Other Background Resources

 

Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources (Peer-reviewed)

History Databases

History-Specific Tools

These resources offer a plethora of history-specific articles, books, essays, etc. Dive in!

General Research Tools

More General Research Tools

It never hurts to explore other multidisciplinary databases to discover what history-related content they hold. Try these Library tools.

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