Books on specific areas of U.S. history
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.
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").
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).