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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 University Press)
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 (FirstSearch)
Presents a combined catalog of the catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.

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

New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
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- (ProQuest)
Complete archive from 1877 -1996.

American Periodicals (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, 17th ed.
The 17th edition of the Manual is the most current. The online version includes a Citation Quick Guide with examples. The Library's website offers a short introduction and overview to the Notes and Bibliography System commonly used in the humanities.

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."

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