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History Research Guide: History of U.S. to 1876

This guide will point students to print and online sources which are useful when researching historical topics.

Titles of Interest

The following are selected general histories of the United States from pre-Colonial through the Reconstruction.

  • The glorious cause : the American Revolution, 1763-1789 - E 173 O94 2005
  • The Oxford companion to United States history  - E 174 O94 2001
  • Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era  - E 470 M23
  • A people's history of the United States : 1492-present -     E 178 Z75 2003


Online Catalog


Use the online catalog to conduct a keyword or subject search. Be sure to note:

  • the collection of the item (Reference, Periodical, Folio, Book)
  • the item's call number
  • whether the item is available or has been checked out
  • if the item is an ebook or website, use the embedded link to access it.

To become more familiar with searching the online catalog, complete the online Library Tutorial


Salem History

Salem History is a collection of Web-based ebooks that deal with a number of topics.  The following sources are included in Salem History: The Encyclopedia of Immigration, Historical Encyclopedia of American Business, and Milestone Documents (1940s-1990s).


e-books are accessible through the online catalog or from the e-book vendor's website.  In the online catalog, e-books are identified as e-Book under the collection.  You may need your full Carroll CC email address and password to get into these off-campus.

The preferred way to search for e-books is through the online catalog. Enter your keywords and then limit your search by format to ebook and your location to Carroll Community College.

To search for e-books through a vendor's website, go to the Library's ebook web page and select one of the ebook sites.