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American History   Tags: biography, history, us  

This guide covers print and online resources useful for research in the field of American history
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2013 URL: http://libguides.gwu.edu/americanhistory Print Guide RSS Updates

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Find Background Material

Find Biographical Information

  • American National Biography Online
    Offers full-text biographical articles for more than 18,300 men and women from all eras and walks of life whose lives have shaped the United States.

Find Articles - good places to start

  • America: History & Life with Full Text
    America: History & Life with Full Text offers extensive coverage of scholarly articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.
  • JSTOR
    Provides page-image articles from scholarly journals in a number of disciplines, including history. Article coverage generally extends from the journal's first date of publication to 3-5 years from the present.
  • Click the "Find Articles" tab above for additional relevant databases
 

Find Books

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Find Primary Materials

  • CQ Historic Documents
    Offers full-text documents, including presidential speeches, international agreements, and Supreme Court decisions. 1972-present.
  • Washington Post (Historical,1877-1997)
    Online archival access to The Washington Post. Includes page images from every issue, cover to cover, in downloadable PDF files. Fully searchable.
  • 19th Century U.S. Newspapers
    Provides access to approximately 1.7 million pages of primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life among other subjects.
  • ProQuest Congressional
    (Formerly LexisNexis Congressional.) A comprehensive source of Congressional information including bills, hearings, testimonies, and legislative histories. Provides a massive number of historical Congressional publications, including the U.S. Serial Set 1789-2010 and House & Senate Documents 1817-present.
  • Specialized Collections at Gelman Library
    Links to primary source collections available at Gelman Library. Collecting areas include Washingtoniana, African-Americana, Judaica and Hebraica, and Media and Journalism.
  • Click the "Find Primary Materials" tab above for additional resources

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