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HIST 165/AMST 199: "The American Century": Home

This guide is intended for students in Professor Beverly Gage's course and highlights resources for researching 20th-c. U.S. history in the Yale Library.

Assignment 2: Understanding Library Book Call Numbers / Finding Books on the Shelf

General resources

Background or "reference" sources are a great place to start in building your bibliographies. These are scholarly encyclopedias, handbooks, bibliographies, and similar sources that will often contain lengthy essays with background information on a topic and overviews of the relevant scholarship. Citations to the secondary literature will always be included, and often so too will citations to primary sources.

Oxford Research Encyclopedia in American History
This is a recent scholarly encyclopedia with many articles that provide informative overviews of topics and suggestions for finding primary and secondary sources.


Oxford Handbooks

These are useful sources for getting started on research projects. Helpful reviews of the scholarly literature and suggestions for further reading can be found in each chapter.


Oxford Bibliographies
This is a large collection annotated bibliographies arranged by subject and often citing both primary and secondary sources.


Wiley Online Library
Relevant titles such as A Companion to 20th-Century America will provide overviews of topics and suggestions for further reading.

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