History--United States

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History Article QuickSearch
(The QuickSearch will search America History and Life, Historical Abstracts, Academic Search Premier and ATLA)

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

These are useful for general research. Be sure to look for bibliographies with an entry.
More specific encyclopedias:

Primary Sources - Online

Many archives are digitizing their collections and putting them online freely available. This list is not comprehensive.

American Memory Gateway to huge number of collections from the Library of Congress National Archives See the Primary Resources Guide for additional links.

Historical Images Online


  • ebrary ebrary contains relatively current research. Each book has a record in the catalog.
  • HathiTrust Digital Library Scanned historical works, available full text.
  • Google Books Scanned books and magazines, some available full text.

Biographical Information

American National Biography
Biographical articles that trace a person's life through the sequence of significant events as they occurred from birth to death. Content includes images, contextual or explanatory information, descriptive bibliographies,  hyperlinked cross-references and links to select web sites.
Current Biography
Objective articles on people who are prominent in the news, in national and international affairs, the sciences, the arts, labor and industry.  Click "Search within this Publication" in the upper right.  Indexes the print volumes found in Reference at CT100 .C8.

Statistics and Population Information