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American History: General Reference

This guide covers resources, both print and electronic, for researching the history of the United States from colonial times to the present.

What are Reference resources? How do they fit into my research?

Reference resources provide background information or quick facts about a topic.  There are many different kinds of reference works, including atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, biographical dictionaries, and statistical resources.  You wouldn't typically cite to a reference work in a research paper.  However they play a very useful role in your research by providing keywords and subjects for searching, and even references to other scholarly sources.

General Reference Books

Biographical Reference Sources

Atlases

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