Subject Guide with Search Tips for U.S. History
Books and Media | Articles | Internet

Getting Started

These sources provide a good beginning.  Some contain general discussion or an overview.  This kind of background will often suggest topics, jargon, or keywords for further research.

The USA and the world / David M. Keithly
E183.7 .K45 2005, San Marcos, REFERENCE

Books and Media

Use the Library Catalog http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/library/ to find books, periodicals, and media on your topic.  You can enter keywords of your own choosing, or you can identify the specific subject headings that the library catalog uses to group related materials together. 

Suggested Subject Headings
History—United States

Selected Call Numbers

The age of anxiety : McCarthyism to terrorism / Haynes Johnson
 E748 .M143 J64 2005, Escondido, CIRCULATING

Alamo [videorecording] / Arts and Entertainment Network and Greystone Communications ; producer/director, Craig Haffner
F390 .A43 2003,

 America : a narrative history / George Brown Tindall, David Emory Shi
E178.1 .T55 1999, Escondido, CIRCULATING

America's history / James A. Henretta ... [et al.]
E178.1 .A4937 2000, San Marcos, CIRCULATING

American heritage great minds of history / interviews by Roger Mudd ; introduction by Richard Snow
E178.6 .M89 1999, San Marcos, CIRCULATING

The Civil War [videorecording] / American Documentaries, Inc., Florentine Films and Time-Life Video presents a film by Ken Burns
E468 .C58W 2004, San Marcos, CIRCULATING

Founding fathers [videorecording] Herrmann, Edward
E302.5 .F68 2000, San Marcos, CIRCULATING

A history of the United States / Philip Jenkins
E178.1 .J35 1997, San Marcos, CIRCULATING

Not for ourselves alone [videorecording] : the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony / a Florentine Films production ; a film by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes written by Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced by Paul Barnes, Ken Burns
HQ1412 .N89 1999, San Marcos, CIRCULATING

Out of many : a history of the American people / John Mack Faragher ... [et al.]
E178.1 .O935 2000, Escondido, CIRCULATING

Sundown towns : a hidden dimension of American racism / James W. Loewen
E185.615 .L577 2005, San Marcos, CIRCULATING


Articles are usually identified by using online research databases or printed indexes.  Printed indexes are especially helpful for older material.  Journal, magazine, and newspaper articles can supply the latest information on a topic and often contain details not available elsewhere. NOTE: Passwords required to use off-campus http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/offcampus.htm

·         EBSCOhost http://prozy.palomar.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp?profile=web

EBSCOhost provides access to several databases including magazine, journal and newspaper articles.  For a guide on how to search EBSCOhost, go to Using EBSCOhost at http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/ebsco.htm


Basic internet Search Strategies - Use a directory, subject portal, or search engine to focus your Internet search.   In addition to those listed below, find more sites on the Palomar Library Subject Links site at http://www.palomar.edu/library/subjects.htm Information on evaluating websites can be found at http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SelfHelp.htm#websearching.

Many general sites on American history can be reached from Palomar College’s Subject Links.  Click on “History”’ then “United States” for a list of sites. Another good source is the Librarians’ Index to the Internet.  Select “History – U.S.” from its list of subjects for many valuable links.

Information on Citation Styles – In order to create a bibliography for your research paper, you will need to follow the rules of a specific style.  For a list of styles and information on how to use them, go to http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SubjectGuides/WritingStyles.htm.

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