American history: Recommended starting points

Guide to VT Special Collections & Archives

American history at Virginia Tech

United States history includes the history of peoples and countries of all the Americas since their initial human settlement, not solely the United States and its colonial antecedents. Nonetheless, a bias toward North America is a reality in the tools for discovering the scholarly literature, and primary sources in the library's physical and online collections are almost entirely from the USA.

Researchers interested in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the history of the Atlantic or Pacific basins should also consult the resources in the world history subject guide. For scholarship regarding the pre-colonial history and prehistory of the Americas, see also the anthropology subject guide.

Background: overviews and themes in United States history

Locating historical scholarship and resources

Academic journal archives (could be primary or secondary, depending on use)

Indexes to popular literatures

Social Sciences & History Librarian

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Bruce Pencek
3050 Newman Library (MC 0434)
560 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office hours (academic year):
Tu 1-3 pm,
Wed 2-4 pm,
and by appointment.
(540) 231-2140

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