American history: Recommended starting points

What's here

This guide focuses on principal research resources in a subfield of history, supplementing the main subject guide for the field and the comprehensive guide to online primary historical sources.

It incorporates the VT Library's Special Collections & University Archives guides in a tabThis guide also reproduces tabs in Bruce Pencek's other subject guides:  Advice for searching/citing/engaging scholarly literatures; and Accessing VT Libraries' resources from off campus.

This landing page is organized into these sections: Background sources; Indexes to scholarly historical literature; full-text journal archives, and Indexes to popular US periodicals.

American 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 Anglophone North America is a reality in the tools for discovering the scholarly literature. 

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
Contact:
3050 Newman Library (MC 0434)
560 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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and by appointment.
(540) 231-2140

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