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Investigating U.S. History

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Gale Virtual Reference Library
Cross search platform of online encyclopedias.

Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
This illustrated encyclopedia covers the social and cultural developments of the gilded age and progressive era, as well as its political and economic history. Includes primary sources.

Dictionary of American History
Stanley I. Kutler, Ed. 3rd ed. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003. 5539 pp. 10 vols.

Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History
12 volumes.

American Decades: Primary Sources

American Era: Primary Sources

American National Biography Online (Oxford)
Biographical resource on more than 18,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture.

Primary Sources Research Guide


Falvey Library Catalog
Search & browse Falvey Memorial Library’s collection of books, journals, audio/video materials, electronic resources and more.

WorldCat (OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.
WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan

Journal Articles

America: History and Life (EBSCO)
Index to scholarly history journals, book reviews and dissertations. Covers U.S. and Canadian history.

Primary Sources in Digital Archives

Historical New York Times: 1851-2013 (ProQuest)
Complete archive from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary.

Washington Post Historical: 1877-1999 (ProQuest)
Complete archive from 1877 -1996.

American Periodicals Series (ProQuest)
American magazines published between 1740 and ca. 1945.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set: 1817 – 1994 (Readex)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from the 15th Congress through the 103rd Congress. The collection covers a wide range of subjects ranging from the Lewis and Clarke Expedition to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Index to more than 550 leading magazines. Use the Findit button to link to the full-text or the interlibrary loan request form.

Complete archives of the leading opinion sources, including Harpers Magazine, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, NACLA, Commonweal, American Spectator, National Review and The New York Review of Books.

Citing Your Sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 16th edition of the standard style manual used by writers and editors of scholarly books and journals.
For a quick introduction watch the online tutorial A Brief Introduction to the Chicago Manual of Style.
Chicago-Style Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to Chicago Style.
Use the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide for easy reference.

Chicago-style Citation Quick Guide
Available free online.

Biographical Information in the Library's Print Collection

Search by subject or keyword.
Use personal names such as William Still or search for "African American abolitionists."

Make an appointment to meet with Jutta

I am happy to meet with you at any time, in person, by phone, or virtually via our chat service.

You can also email me directly.

jseibert Jutta Seibert
Director of Academic Integration
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228


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