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History of the United States: Getting Started with Reference Sources

Use this guide to locate print and electronic resources for research in U. S. History.

Getting Started

The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of resources in U.S. History available at Foothill Library.

Begin Your Research with Reference Sources       
         Reference sources are useful for:
                  •     Choosing a topic
                  •     Understanding terminology
                  •     Locating background information
                  •     Identifying search terms
                  •     Identifying additional resources

         Find a list of reference sources in the right-hand column.

Related Guides

For additional help in writing a research paper and locating sources refer to the research guides below.
•    Library Research Basics

     This guide provides basic tips on how to research and write a paper.
•    Primary Sources - United States and California History
     This guide helps users identify, locate and use primary sources in their historical research.
•    Evaluating Your Information Sources
     This guide gives tips on what to look for and questions to ask when evaluating print and online sources
     of information.

Find Background Information Online

Reference Books in Print