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Books on specific areas of U.S. history

War of 1812 - Peter I. Bosco
Call Number: 973.5 BOS
ISBN: 156294004X
Publication Date: 1991-10-01
Recounts the causes, events and aftermath of the War of 1812.

The Transcontinental Railroad - Dan Elish
Call Number: 385 ELI
ISBN: 1562943375
Publication Date: 1993-10-01
Describes the efforts to build the first railroad to link the eastern and western United States, and the obstacles that had to be overcome in the process

Railroads in the days of steam - American Heritage
Call Number: 385.09 AME
Publication Date: 1960
Traces the history of the development of the railroad in the U.S.

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Marbury vs. Madison - David DeVillers
Call Number: 347.73 DEV
ISBN: 0894909673
Publication Date: 1998-01-01
Discusses the case Marbury vs. Madison in which the idea of judicial review became part of the federal government's system of checks and balances

Equal justice under law: the Supreme Court in American life - Supreme Court Historical Society
Call Number: 347.73 HAR
Publication Date: 1982
Relates the story of how the Supreme Court, beginning with the ruling in Marbury vs. Madison, came to exercise its full power within the U.S. government.


Books on general U.S. history

American Heritage: An Illustrated History of the United States

A History of US by Joy Hakim

Both of these titles are series of books on American history.  Look for the volume that contains the time period you are doing research on.  Then check the index for the specific topic you have chosen for your project.


Primary Sources

The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation - Diane Ravitch
Call Number: 081 AME
Publication Date: 1990
A collection of speeches, documents, poems, songs, photographs and illustrations from the Colonial period to the 1980's.

American Women: Their Lives in Their Words: A Documentary History - Doreen Rappaport
Call Number: 305.4 RAP
Publication Date: 1990
Excerpts from American women's diaries, letters, speeches and autobiographical writings, providing the reader with firsthand accounts of their lives.

Documents of American History - Henry Steele Commager
Call Number: REF 973 COM
Publication Date: 1958
A comprehensive compilation of documents tracing American history from 1492 to 1957

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Through Women's Eyes: An American History with Documents
Call Number: 305.4 DUB
ISBN: 9780312468873
Traces key developments in women's history via narrative and documents. Includes historical images, maps and graphs, primary-source excerpts, footnotes, annotated bibliographies, and timelines.


Searching for Your Topic in the Library Catalog and Online

You should start your research by entering your topic in the library catalog.  If you can't find a book on your topic, try looking for the topic in one of the books in the box above labeled "Books on general U.S. history." 

You may also want to check the biography section.  All of the books in this section are in alphabetical order by the person they are written about--not by the author, and are labeled with a "B" followed by that name.  For example, biographies about George Washington are labeled "B WASHINGTON."  If your topic is in the category of American culture, you might find information on your topic under a book about art or music (check the index for the correct time period).

When you move online, type in a search on Google such as "Early U.S. Culture."  If you don't receive any reliable results, try varying your wording (for example, "Culture in the Early United States," "U.S. Culture in the Early 1800s") or including specifics (for example, "Washington Irving" or "Literature in Early United States").

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Once you have entered your search terms, a list of titles will appear.  Above each title will be a call number.  If the call number begins with a number, it is a non-fiction book and will provide you with factual information; if the call number begins with a letter, it is fiction (a story). 


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