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United States History

Customized guides to research for specific HIS courses

Topics (Subject Specific Reference Books)

World War II

Dear, Ian, and M. R. D. Foot. The Oxford Companion to World War II. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995. D740 .O94 1995

Economy (Includes Agriculture)

Porter, Glenn. Encyclopedia of American Economic History: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas. New York: Scribner, 1980. HC103 .E52 v. 1-3

African Americans

Salzman, Jack, David L. Smith, and Cornel West. Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. New York: Macmillan Library Reference, 1996. E185 .E54 1996 vol. 1-6


Hardy, Lyda Mary. Women in U.S. History: A Resource Guide. Englewood, Colo: Libraries Unlimited, 2000. HQ1410 .H364

Film, Radio, Television

Aitken, Ian. Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film. New York: Routledge, 2006. PN1995.9 .D6 E53 2006 vol. 1-3


Fass, Paula S. Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004. HQ767.84 .E53 2003

Get Started with Reference Books

Norton, Mary Beth, and Pamela Gerardi. The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.  See vol. 2, section 44 (U. S. History since 1920) D20 .A55 1995 vol. 1-2

Ciment, James. Encyclopedia of the Great Depression and the New Deal. Armonk, N.Y.: Sharpe Reference, 2001.
E806 .C543 2001 vol. 1-2

Burke, Robert E., and Richard Lowitt. The New Era and the New Deal, 1920-1940. Arlington Heights, Ill: Harlan Davidson, 1981. E784 .B8

Kutler, Stanley I. Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1996. E740.7 .E53 1996 vol. 1-5

Words for Effective Searching

Subjects for the Worldcat System

World War 1914-1918

World War 1939-1945

Depressions 1929 United States

New Deal, 1933-1945

United States History 1929-1933

United States History 1933-1945


African Americans
Social conditions
Economic conditions

World War I, World War One, First World War, Great War
World War II, World War Two, Second World War
Great Depression, Dust Bowl
sharecroppers, tenant farmers, Farm Security Administration, Farmer’s Holiday Association, Southern Tenant Farmers Association