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U. S. History Resources

Reference Books

The Reference collection is an excellent starting point for beginning your research. Reference books cannot be checked out and are designed to be used to look for specific information rather than read cover to cover. The following list of books can be found in the Reference area of the library.


The following databases are available from on or off-campus. To log in from off-campus click myLakeland, for assistance view the remote access tutorial

Cleveland and Ohio History Databases

U.S. History Databases
  • America: History and Life America: History and Life is the index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.
  • American Periodicals Series Online The collection is arranged in three series: 1741-1800, the period of transition from British colony to emerging nation; 1800-1850, pre-Civil War and the era of debate over slavery; and 1850-1900, Civil War and Reconstruction.
  • HarpWeek HarpWeek is the electronic version of Harper's Weekly from the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, 1857-1871
  • Historical Statistics of the United States The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history.
  • Academic Search Complete Index, abstracts, and full text for many scholarly publications covering all academic areas of study.


Cleveland and Ohio History Websites
  • Cleveland Memory Project (http://www.clevelandmemory.org/) A digital collection of resources documenting local history compiled from Cleveland State University Library's Special Collections.
  • Encyclopedia of Cleveland History online (http://ech.cwru.edu/) Explore thousands of articles on topics in Cleveland's history
  • Ohio Historical Society (http://www.ohiohistory.org/) connects people with Ohio's past and the state's place in American History.
U.S. History Websites
  • AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History (http://www.vlib.us/amdocs/) This virtual library links to primary historical documents portraying the spectrum of American history.
  • The Avalon Project at Yale Law School Document Collection (http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp) covers Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government from pre 18th century to the current century.
  • American Memory (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html) is a Library of Congress project that documents the American experience through a variety of media formats.
  • U.S. Immigration, 1789-1930 (http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration/) is a web-based collection of selected historical materials that documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.
  • Slavery & Abolition in the US: Select Publications of the 1800s (http://deila.dickinson.edu/slaveryandabolition/title/0145.html) is a digital collection of books and pamphlets that capture the essence of the slavery debate throughout the nineteenth century.
  • Women Working, 1800-1930 (http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/) focuses on women's role in the United States economy and provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University's library and museum collections.
  • Manuscripts Department at the Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/) This site is one of the world's outstanding centers for the documentary study of the southern United States.
  • Digital History (http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/)
    A website dedicated to using current technology as tool to enhance the teaching and researching of history.
  • Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project (http://www.densho.org/) is a site dedicated to preserving the testimonials of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated throughout the American west and southwest throughout WWII.
  • Digital History (http://digitalhistory.unl.edu/) is a site created by faculty and graduate students at the Univesity of Nebraska that devotes its efforts to the exploration of the emerging field of digital history and provides reviews a new digital sites as well as recent scholarship on the subject.
  • Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800 (http://wardepartmentpapers.org/) recovered documents from the war department, long thought destroyed, reconstituted into a searchable collection to provide insight into the early workings of the federal government.
  • The Living Newspaper (http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA04/mccain/play/intro.htm) was part of the Federal Theater Project in the 1930s that dramatized and exposed social issues.
  • Oklahoma World War II Stories (http://www.oklahomawwii.org/home/) are oral histories from Oklahoma veterans that fought during WWII.

Questions or comments, contact:
Emily Szymanski, Reference & Instruction Librarian

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