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United States History

Customized guides to research for specific HIS courses

"There are certain duties that we owe even to those who have wronged us," Cicero. On Moral Duties (De officiis).

Sample Process for Debate Prep and Research

Japanese Interment during WW II (Stanford History Project)
Click on "quick view"

Click the blue links for sample sources


Decision to Use Atomic Bomb (click the link)

Sample Archival and Primary

Public Papers of the Presidents: Harry S. Truman.
(Burke Library has 1929-present) J 80 .A283 Fl. 2

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library

National Archives and Records Administration: Japan

Making of the Atomic Bomb

National Archives and Records Administration: Atomic Bomb

Manhattan Project Interactive History Project
U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of History and Heritage Resources

Documentary Film

Japanese War Crimes Murder under the Sun. New York, NY: Films Media
Group. History Education, 1996.

"Truman Justifies Atomic Bomb." In Hiroshima: Part 2. Films Media Group.
BBC, 2005.

Click the blue links for sample sources


Debating the Vietnam War

Subject: Vietnam war Public opinion

Background and Overview

Kutler, Stanley I. Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War. New York:
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1996. DS 557.7 .E53 1998 Fl. 1 vols. 1-3

Tucker, Spencer. The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political,
Social, and Military History
. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

Brune, Lester H. America and the Indochina Wars, 1945-1990: A Bibliographical
. Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 1992. DS 550 .B89 1992 Fl. 1

Presidents and Vietnam

John F. Kennedy and Vietnam

Lyndon B. Johnson and Vietnam

Nixon and Kissinger Vietnam

Public Papers of the Presidents.
(Burke Library has 1929-present) J 80 .A283 Fl. 2

Sample Personal Narratives

Personal Narratives: Vietnam War

Documentary Film

The Ghosts of My Lai. Java Films, 2008. Accessed August 26, 2016.

Click the blue links for sample sources

Debating the Iraq War

Subject: Iraq War Public opinion

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Iraq war (click the link)


Cushman, Thomas. A Matter of Principle; Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2005.

Hybel, Alex Roberto, and Justin Matthew Kaufman. The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein: Deciding on Conflict. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

See, for example:

Blix, Hans. Disarming Iraq. New York: Pantheon Books, 2004.

Subject: Weapons of mass destruction - Iraq

Sample Archives

"Essential" Primary Sources on Operation Iraqi Freedom

Personal Narratives: 2003 Iraq War

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Generals, Military Leaders

Garraty, John A., and Mark C. Carnes. American National Biography.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. CT213 .A68 Fl.1

Search tip #1:

for battles and campaigns, use the name of the battle or campaign

Bunker Hill     Chickamauga    Saratoga campaign

Search tip #2:

for military figures, also use the name of the battle or campaign

American Revolution

Blanco, Richard L., and Paul J. Sanborn. The American Revolution, 1775-1783:
An Encyclopedia.
New York: Garland, 1993. E208 .A433 Fl.1

Archival and Primary Sources

Founders Online (National Archives and Records Administration)
Searchable by author, recipient, and time period

The 18th Century (Avalon Project) Yale University

Images of the American Revolution

Images of the Revolutionary War (National Archives and Records Administration)

Selected images from the Library of Congress

Research Guide: American Revolution. Library of Congress

Guide to the American Revolution: External Websites (Library of Congress)

American Civil War

Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History.
E468 .E53 2000 5 vols. Fl.1

The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Student Companion.
E468 .B319 2001 Fl.1

Civil War Primary Source Archival Database

Civil War: Antebellum Period to Reconstruction  This collection covers politics, society
and daily life during the American Civil War period: 1840-1877. Publications include northern,
southern and border state newspapers; broadsides and other ephemera

Civil War Photographs

Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes  (searchable)
(National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 111)


General William T. Sherman

Moody, Wesley. Demon of the Lost Cause Sherman and Civil War History.
Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2011.

Gen. George H. Thomas (Battle of Chickamauga)

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Search SHC Library for Specific Topics

Documentary Films

Find Documentary Films (Films on Demand)

Vital Speeches of the Day. New York: The City News Pub. Co, 1934-present. Essential!

Google Magazine Search (brought to you by Bret Heim and Lauren Jensen ©2016)
Click the content button--"magazines"

Academic Search Premier

Search tip: use features that allow focus on argumentative sources:

• Document type=editorial (We've preconfigured this one. Type your terms in the box)
• Cover story (We've preconfigured this one, too!)


Google Magazine Search
(brought to you by Bret Heim and Lauren Jensen ©2016)

Life Magazine (Sept. 21, 1953-Dec. 29, 1972) Check th box that says "search all issues"

Rolling Stone Index: Twenty-five years of Popular Culture 1967-1991 AI 21 .R65 1993 REFERENCE (Fl. 1)

a fantastic source for the Vietnam War era

Guide to Research with Primary Sources

How to Find Primary Sources (from the National Archives and Records Administration)

Military History, Records, etc.

National Archives and Records Administration: Military Records Collections

Military History Centers Online (SHC Library has most of their historic print publications)

Veteran's History Project
(personal accounts of American war veterans)

Declassified Documents

Digital National Security Archive
(George Washington University)

Historic Newspapers

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
(Library of Congress)

Sample Photographs

U.S. Army Center for Military History Photographs

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
(Library of Congress)

World Wars

General Collections

Korean War

Korean War Project

Vietnam War

General Collections

Vietnam Center and Archive (Texas Tech)

Vietnam Project (NS Archive)

Iraq War (2003-2011)

Tucker, Spencer, and Jinwung Kim. Encyclopedia of the Korean War: A Political, Social, and Military History. ABC-CLIO, 2000.

DS918 .E53 2000 Vols 1-3. Reference

The Korean War

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. Washington, DC: National Archives
and Records Service, 1929 (Herbert Hoover) - present (Donald J. Trump)

J 80 .A283 Fl. 2