Quick Guide to American History: Basic Reference Sources

Dictionaries and Handbooks

Boyer, Paul S. ed. The Oxford Companion to United States History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. Reference 973.03 B791o

This work provides a comprehensive overview of the military, political, social and cultural history of the United States. Coverage includes individuals, organizations, events, movements, etc. from the Colonial era to the present. Written by historians and reflecting contemporary methods of historial analysis, this work provides a very readable introduction to the history of the United States.

Foner, Eric. and John A. Garraty, ed. The Reader’s Companion to American History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1991.
Reference 973.03 F673r

Sponsored by the American Society of Historians, this work includes biographical entries and shorter entries for significant events in American history. Longer articles provide historical context for a broad range of political, social and cultural topics.

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