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HSS 300 - The United States 1865-1945: Introduction & Reference Sources

This guide is intended for students enrolled in the second term of U.S. History.

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Find A Topic And Get Started!

Make a list of broad non-history topics that interest you. 

Once you find a broad research area you are interested in,  read an overview so that you can narrow your topic and develop a thesis statement.

Reference Databases


Welcome to the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library and the History 300 - United States History OWHL Guide.

Click on a tab above to see all of the relevant sources that are available for this assignment. If you have any questions, please see a librarian at the Help Desk!

Generally, information develops from specific to broad. An event happens, people report on it, people analyze it, and it becomes a part of the historical narrative. Your research sources should move in the opposite direction, from broad to narrow.

Reference Sources

Reference sources give you an overview of your topic. They help you identify alternate key words that will aid you in searching the online catalog and various electronic databases. Also, reference sources often include bibliographies that give suggestions for further reading, which can include books, articles and/or websites. All of the reference sources listed below are examples of the books that can be found in the Garver Room (silent study room).

There is also an online source that can help you find reference books, Reference Universe. Use broad terms like "Women World War II" to get the best results.