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What is an Annotated Bibliography?
Choosing a Topic
Use the textbook or one of the sources below to identify a topic of interest from 1840-1865 in America & to gather background information & search terms.
Encyclopedia of the United States in the nineteenth century
Call Number: REF E169.1 E626 2001
Use this encyclopedia, along with the textbook, to become familiar with the major events in U.S. history during the antebellum period and the Civil War in order to choose a topic
Encyclopedia of American social history
Call Number: FOILO E 174.5 E524 1993
See articles on the Antebellum Era (pg. 105), The Deep South (pg. 1045), The Plantation (pg. 1197), Slavery (pg. 1407), Labor (pg. 1447)
U.S. History Print Sources & Primary Documents (Antebellum Period - Civil War)
Dictionary of American history.
Call Number: REF E174 D52 2003
Use Vol. 9 which include maps & primary sources
Encyclopedia of American history
Call Number: REF E174 E53 2003
Use volumes 4 & 5 of this set to find information about the antebellum & Civil War periods & primary documents relating to those periods.
Daily life through American history in primary documents
Call Number: REF E 161 D35 2012
Use Vol. 2 which covers the American Revolution through the Civil War
Encyclopedia of the American Civil War : a political, social, and military history
Call Number: REF E468 H47 2000
Use Vol. 5 of this set to find primary documents relating to the Civil War
Slavery in the United States : a social, political, and historical encyclopedia
Call Number: REF E441 S635 2007
See Vol. 2 for primary documents
Finding Primary Documents
History Reference Center
This database includes primary documents. Use the Advanced Search to limit the search to the period you want under Timeline & then search a topic. Limit the search to Primary Documents in the left margin of the Result List under Source Types.
Historical Newspaper Databases
It is recommended that prior to searching newspaper databases you zero in on a specific person, event, date of interest & then limit the search by date. Otherwise, due to the nature of newspapers, the results list may be extremely long & narrowing to relevant articles more difficult.