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HSS 300 - Personalities from Early America through the Civil War: Start Here--Reference Sources

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• 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 Oliver Wendell Holmes Library and the History 300 - American Personalities 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.

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Reference sources give you an overview of your topic.  All of the reference sources listed below can be found in the Garver Room. Note: this is NOT a comprehensive list. There are hundreds of specialized reference books in Garver. Search Reference Universe, browse or ask a librarian for help .