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U.S. History before 1877

This research guide has information on researching U.S. History before 1877, whether for background reading, writing research papers, or other purposes.

Use this guide to find primary sources and general research on U.S. History before 1877. This guide has a snapshot of the resources available at the DVC Library, so be sure to Ask a Librarian if you need more help!

Historical map of the United StatesBooks/eBooks will take you on a deep dive into a broader topic. You can get background, history, context, and multiple perspectives.

Articles are a good if you need very specific or very recent information on a topic. You can search for articles in the databases that the library subscribes to.

Web searching can be a good place to start learning about a topic, but often it can take a lot of work to identify if a website is a good source or not.

Primary Sources provide first-hand accounts of historical events.

Citations are how you indicate to your readers what in your paper is your ideas and what are the ideas of others. Plus they're a required part of writing a research paper.

Image Credit: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, Stanford University.

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