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United States History Research Guide

Primary and secondary sources for the study of US History.

What are Reference Works?

Reference works:


  • Provide an overview of your topic
  • Are often written by scholars or experts in the field
  • Provide key people, places, events, and terms that you can use to refine your searches
  • Often offer suggestions for further reading

To find reference materials for your research topic try a search in discoverE combining keywords.

For example: african americans history bibliography

Reference Databases

The Robert W. Woodruff Library subscribes to large reference databases that contain many digital encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference works. Here is a selection:

Biographical Information

Specialized Indexes and Bibliographies

The Robert W. Woodruff Library collects guides to various source types (ie. newspapers and periodicals) as well as guides to archival and rare book collections. Here is a list of a selection of guides from our collection.