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HSS 300 - Reconstruction & Other Late 19th Century Topics: Introduction & Reference Sources

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A friendly reminder...

• Reference books are located in the Garver Room (silent study).

• Reference books CANNOT be checked out or leave the library.

• Please return reference books to the Garver Room when you're done using them.

• All reference books will have the prefix REF before the call number.


Welcome to the Reconstruction/19th Century OWHL Guide.

Click on a tab above to see all of the relevant sources that are available for this assignment.

Begin by making a list of broad non-history topics that interest you. These could be such things as architecture, sports, fashion, film, music, literature, law, religion, science, etc. Think about how one or two of these areas can be linked to an event in US history

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

If you have any questions, please see a librarian at the reference desk!



Right: "The First Vote" Magazine Cover. Library of Congress.  Prints and Photographs Division. 

Reference Sources

Reference sources give you an overview of your topic. They help you identify 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 or websites. All of the reference sources listed below can be found in the Garver Room (silent study room). Note: this is NOT a comprehensive list. There are hundreds of specialized reference books in Garver. Browse the shelves or ask a librarian for help!