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Rafael Tarrago

This subject covers: political, economic, social, industrial and cultural history of the United States. Other related topics are: Economics (general aspects); Political Science (general aspects); Politics, United States; and Sociology (general aspects).

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.

Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches the most important journals in these subject areas. Covers 1907-1984.

Catalogs & Indexes to Government Publications

Congressional Publications & Executive Branch Documents provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. The full list of searchable congressional publications and date coverages includes:

  • Legislative Histories 1969-Present
  • Bills & Laws 1789-Present
  • Committee Prints & Misc. Publications 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-Present
  • CRS Reports 1916-Present
  • Hearings 1824-Present
  • House & Senate Documents 1789-Present
  • House & Senate Reports 1789-Present
  • Serial Set 1789-Present
  • Executive Branch Documents 1789-1945

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

In print in Wilson Library - see "More Information" for details. The complete run of The New York Times newspaper is available in the Periodicals/Reserve area in the basement of Wilson Library and via our online archive. See the "News Sources" page at: for other options to online versions of the New York Times. The University Libraries also own a print edition of the Index covering from 1851-present. It includes a subject index to articles in the New York Times giving references to the date, page, and column of articles in the paper as well as brief synopses of the articles themselves.

Indexes, Other

The BGMI contains biographical entries from more than 1,000 current and retrospective biographical reference sources. This figure translates into some 15 million biographies on nearly 5 million people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor.

Indexes the University Microfilms American periodical series: APS I (1700-1800) and APS II (1800-1850).

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


An annotated bibliography of published American diaries and journals.


Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Lists autobiographies published in book form. Includes annotations and a subject index.

Reprint of the original 20 vol. ed. published 1928-1937 with supplementary v. 21-22. Signed articles and bibliographies.

National Cyclopedia of American Biography

More comprehensive than the Dictionary of American Biography. No bibliographies and not alphabetically arranged so must use the general indexes.

Notable Americans;what they did, from 1620 to the present

"Chronological and organizational listings of leaders in government, the military, business, labor, religion, education, cultural organizations, philanthropy, and national associations, including recipients of significant awards and honors."

Who was who in America

A compilation of sketches of individuals who have made contributions to the history of the United States.

Who's Who in America

Country Studies

Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book, a source of country profiles, statistics, and directories for all countries worldwide. Find facts, history, political, economic and other information including geography, media outlets, education, government agencies, trade and industry, tourism and other organizations. A major bibliography is included for each country and survey articles on various issues are listed for each major region.


Covers political, economic, social, industrial and cultural history.


A directory of historical museums, historical societies and libraries.

Contains information for approximately 22,000 nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope.


Decade by decade coverage of major events in the U.S. Includes arts, education, fashion, law, lifestyles, media, religion, sports, etc.

Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848

Chronological arrangement using columnar form. Includes a detailed index.

A standard work for background information on American History.

Concentrates on providing a "history of everyday life."

General Reference Works

A weekly world news digest with of important news stories, providing concise profiles of state, national, and international events; Includes a detailed name and subject index.


History 4961 section 3, Primary Sources.

Handbooks and Manuals

A chronology with summaries of important events.

Significant documents from 1492 to 1987 are reprinted in this resource. Includes references for further study.

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

HarpWeek contains the scanned images of pages of the magazine Harper's Weekly for the years 1857-1912, together with a series of indexes to search for news, editorials, fiction, illustrations, photos, political cartoons, advertisements.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

News Sources

Guide listing current holdings information for newspapers in Wilson Library.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

This volume updates the "government publication, Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. Combining data tables and text, it {aims to} provide a foundation for examining {the} 'nation's growth--revealing historical patterns and principal changes' for 23 selected areas, including health, agriculture, housing, energy, finance, and government. . . . For the period up to 1970, Datapedia is based entirely on Historical Statistics. For 1970-90, it is based on the annual Statistical Abstract of the United States. Where possible, as with demographics, projections are extended to the year 2010." (Booklist) Index.

Historical Statistics of the United States on CD-ROM

A complete reproduction of the 1975 book of the same title published by the Census Bureau. Includes 57 chapters on topics touching all the social, behavioral, humanistic and natural sciences. Materials available in 3 formats: electronic text; Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet files; and tab-delimited text files.

Published by the Census Bureau, this set contains U.S. Statistics from Colonial times to 1970. Subjects covered are population, vital statistics, migration, labor, prices and price indexes, national income and wealth, consumer income and expenditures, social statistics, land, water, climate, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, minerals, construction and housing, manufacturing, transportation, communications, energy, trade, productivity, financial markets and institutions, government, colonial and pre-federal statistics.

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The online version has full text from 1995-, although the series as a whole starts in 1878.

The data presented describes the people and the economy of the US for each state and county. Depending upon the year, contains statistics on such topics as agriculture, churches, education and literacy, population characteristics, manufacturing, race and place of birth, and taxation and property. Users may map the tables that they retrieve.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.

Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

Guide to selected sources providing alternative or non-traditional American viewpoints.

Includes Resources for American History in the University of Minnesota Libraries, Related University of Minnesota Sites and Internet Resources for American History

Library Information

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