Research Guide: United States History

Background Information

More books about American history can be found on the fourth floor, in sections E and F.

American National Biography Online only
Chicago Manual of Style REF LB 2369. T 8 2007
Datapedia of the United States REF HA 215. K 8
Dictionary of American Biography REF E 176. D 563
Dictionary of American History REF E 174. D 5
Dictionary of Asian American History REF E 184.O 6 D 53
Dictionary of Mexican American History REF E 184. M 5 M 453
Encyclopedia of American Studies Online only
Encyclopedia of Black America REF E 185. E 55
Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History Online only
Encyclopedia of Women's History in America REF HQ 1410. C 85
Handbook of North American Indians REF F 591. R 38
Harvard Guide to American History REF E 178. F 77
Historic Documents Series Online only
Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present REF HA 202. H 57 2006
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online only

Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

This multidisciplinary database is a great place to start a search on any history topic, from the Neolithic to yesterday's news.

America: History and Life

This database specializes in American history from colonial times to the present.

Historical Abstracts

This database contains articles on world history from the fifteenth century (1400s) to the present.


This journal archive contains thousands of articles on political and social history from ancient times to the present.

Project Muse

This journal archive also contains world and American history articles, with an emphasis on American history.

Religion and Philosophy Collection

This database can be used to locate articles on theology, doctrine, religious history, philosophic schools of thought, and more.

Utah Historical Quarterly Table of Contents and Index

The Utah Historical Quarterly regularly publishes articles on all topics in Utah history.

Web Resources

American Memory

Huge collection of historical texts and images from the National Digital Library Project of the Library of Congress. Includes array of primary and archival documents, photographs, and more

Chronicling America

This Library of Congress project provides access to dozens of American newspapers from 1860 to 1922. Their sophisticated searching allows you to find articles by keyword.

Chronology of United States Historical Documents

Presents a documentary history of the U.S. from the Magna Carta to President Clinton's 1997 State of the Union Address. Variety of full-text documents for various periods and subjects in U.S. history


This collection of United States statistics is supplied by more than 100 agencies of the federal government.

Founders Early Access

This site offers access to the writings by George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, and more. These documents are still being edited, but they provide a rare glimpse into the lives and opinions of the founders.

Historical Census Browser

Created by the University of Virginia, this site offers quick access to information on demographics, education levels, ethnicity, immigration, and other topics from the US Census between 1790 and 1960. It does not include individual information such as names and dates of birth.

The History

Maintained by the National Historical Society, this site provides a variety of history-related links, including archives, upcoming historical events and exhibits, multi-media and book reviews, and best of all, the capability to do keyword searches in selected electronic journals, some in full-text.

In the First Person

This database contains thousands of oral histories.

Jesuit Relations

This unique site contains a translation of the The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, which documents relations between Jesuits and Native Americans from 1610 to 1791.

Military History Encyclopedia on the Web

Written and maintained by a trio of British military historians, this site offers definitions and biographies, as well as articles on weaponry, battles, and wars.

Open Collections Program

The Harvard University Library has created a number of digital collections that share their historic book and image collections. This project allows scholars to see and use original manuscripts and images online. Current collections include Islamic heritage, epidemics, immigration, and many more.

Royal Society Journal Archive

The Royal Society offers full text access to their papers published between 1665 and 1940. Their journal archive can be used to search for and view original articles by Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, and many others.

United Nations

This site contains a wealth of statistical, legal, and historical information from around the world.

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

This is the digital version of The War of the Rebellion, a collection of records about the Civil War. This book can be used to find out what happened on each day of the Civil War, with links to reproductions of relevant letters, orders, and other documents.


This database can be used not only to locate more books on a topic, but also archival material from libraries around the world.

American West/Utah Web Resources

Center of the American West

The Center of the American West, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is one of the region's most creative and innovative organizations in identifying and addressing such crucial issues as multiculturalism, community building, fire policy, and land, water, and energy use.

Mountain West Digital Library

The Mountain West Digital Library is a consortium of digital collections from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, and historical societies in Utah and Nevada.

National Women's History Museum

This site offers a number of educational resources about American women for a general audience. Exhibits, which include biographies and images, often highlight lesser known issues or individuals.

Trails of Hope: Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869

Trails of Hope: Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869 is a digital collection of the original writings of 49 voyagers on the Mormon, California, Oregon, and Montana trails who wrote while traveling on the trail.

Utah Collections Multimedia Encyclopedia

The Utah Collections Multimedia Encyclopedia is a continuing series of CD-ROM volumes as well as an ever-expanding web site whose contributors include many institutions, organizations and agencies throughout Utah

Utah History Encyclopedia

The first complete history of Utah in encyclopedia form, now available online, consisting of 575 articles and over 200 historic photographs

Utah State History

Links to the Division of State History, the Utah Historical Society, the Utah State Archives, and information about the many programs they sponsor and host.

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