Selected Resources for: History, United States

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Subject Librarian:

Rafael Tarrago

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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 nearly 1200 of the most important journals in these subject areas. Updated, uniform subject headings facilitate your search, with the original subject headings also provided. Subjects Covered Include: Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Community Health & Medical Care, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Minority Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Planning & Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Welfare, Religion and Theology, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies.


Catalogs & Indexes to Government Publications

Congressional Publications provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports.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 Document 1789-1932


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, and over 1,500 newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, consumer information, and countries worldwide. Locate information about companies, including company profiles from Hoovers. Legal publications include federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, Shepards Citations service, patent search and other legal reference materials.

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, designed specifically for public libraries, provides full text for more than 2,000 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more. In addition to the full text, this database provides indexing and abstracts for 2700 titles. This database features: 5,000 full text Magill Book Reviews, 357 reference and travel books including the World Almanac & Book of Facts 2001; full text from 84,074 biographies, 86,132 full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. MasterFILE Premier offers PDF backfiles as far back as 1975.

New York Times Index

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: http://www.lib.umn.edu/articles/news.phtml 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

A comprehensive index to more than 12 million biographical sketches in more than 3,400 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering over 4 million contemporary and historical figures throughout the world.

Index to American Periodicals of the 1700s and 1800s

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

Bibliographies

American diaries

An annotated bibliography of published American diaries and journals.


Catalogs

Search with MNCAT 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

American autobiography, 1945-1980

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, the indispensable source of information on world-wide affairs. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in over 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
--The print version of the Europa World Handbook is available at: TC Wilson Lib Quarto JN1 .E85 --Latest edition is in Wilson Reference


Dictionaries

Dictionary of American history

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


Directories

American history sourcebook, The

A directory of historical museums, historical societies and libraries.

Encyclopedia of Associations. National organizations of the U.S.

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


Encyclopedias

American Decades

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

Encyclopedia of American facts and dates

Chronological arrangement using columnar form. Includes a detailed index.

Encyclopedia of American history

A standard work for background information on American History.

Encyclopedia of American social history

Concentrates on providing a "history of everyday life."


General Reference Works

Facts on File

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.


Guides

History 4961 section 3, Primary Sources.


Handbooks and Manuals

Almanac of American history

A chronology with summaries of important events.

Documents of American history

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 controlled-vocabulary indexes, which are interactively linked. Includes news and 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

Datapedia of the United States, 1790-2005

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

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


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


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