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Welcome to The 1950s and 1960s OWHL Guide!
Below is a list of reference sources available to help you get started on your research. It is always best to start with a broad overview. Take notes in these sources for context and terminology, and to identify people, places, and events related to your topic. This will help you identify more specific secondary and primary sources.
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Image from ARTstor: Chevrolet Advertisement Illustration, Paul Nonnast, Saturday Evening Post, July 13, 1957.
American National Biography (Oxford)
ANB offers portraits of more than 19,000 American men and women — from all eras and walks of life — whose lives have shaped the nation.
Biography in Context (Gale)
This database provides biographical reference articles on more than 650,000 international figures from all times periods and areas of study. It will also link you to relevant popular and scholarly press articles.
This database is like an online Garver Room with articles from nearly 1,000 reference sources covering all disciplines.
Reference Universe searches the indices of reference works in OWHL.
American History Online (Facts on File)
This source features thousands of reference articles on American political, military, social, and cultural history over the past 500 years. Some primary sources may also be found here.
African American History Online (Facts on File)
This source features thousands of reference articles, covering the entire spectrum of African-American history over the past 500 years. Some primary sources may also be found here.
American Indian History Online (Facts on File)
This source provides reference articles on over 15,000 years of Native American culture and history, and includes biographies, legends, treaties, and more. Some primary sources are included.