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U.S. History 1865 to Present


History of the United States since 1865

Research Guide

Reference Works

Specialized reference works like the ones listed below are very useful for research. All of the titles here are located on the first floor of the Library. Browse around the same areas to find other useful titles.

For additional suggestions see the other research guides for American History.


American National Biography 
Reference E 176 .A6
Dictionary of American Biography 
Reference E 176 .D563
Marquis Who's Who in American History 
Very extensive coverage, very basic information.
National Cyclopedia of American Biography 
Reference E 176 .N28


American Chronicle 
Reference E 169.1 .G664
American Decades 
Reference E 169.12 .A419
American Eras 
Reference E 178 .A59
Discovering Collection 
Brief non-scholarly overviews.
Great Events from History, American Series 
Reference E 178 .M22
Great Events from History, North American Series 
Reference E 45 .G64
Magill's History of North America 
Reference E 18 .M2 1988


American Reconstruction 
Reference E668 .R53
Civil Rights in the United States 
Reference E 184 .A1 C47
Dictionary of American History 
Reference E 174 .D52
Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History 
Reference E 169.1 .E624
Encyclopedia of American Social History 
Reference E 20 .E6
Encyclopedia of the American Civil War 
Reference E 468 .E53
Encyclopedia of the Confederacy 
Reference E 487 .E55
Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 
Reference E 661 .E53
Encyclopedia of the Great Depression and the New Deal 
Reference E 806 .C543
Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century 
Reference E 169.1 .E626
Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century 
Reference E 740.7 .E53
Encyclopedia of War and American Society 
Reference E 181 .E634
International Encyclopedia of Women's Suffrage
The United States in the First World War 
Reference D 510 .U65

Works in the General Collection

Search the Library Catalog to locate print and audio-visual materials.

Some suggested searches include searching by country. Of course you can substitute any of the individual states or regions that make up the United States. There are other subheadings that may be of interest too. If you are not finding what you are looking for, consult the history librarian (information below) or the Reference Desk.

  • United States - History - [Time Period]
  • United States - History - [Event], example United States History Civil War
  • United States - Politics and Government - [Time Period]
  • United States - Social Life and Customs - [Time Period]
  • United States - Civilization - [Time Period]
  • United States - Intellectual Life - [Time Period]

You can also search by topic. For example:

  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
  • Women - United States - History
  • World War, 1914 1918 United States

Books from Other Libraries

You have many choices for locating books not owned by College of DuPage.

You can of course check your local public library. Make sure the books are scholarly in nature.

You can also search World Cat. World Cat lists books from all over the United States. These books can be ordered via Inter Library Loan. While in the World Cat record just click on Find This! You will be able to search the C.O.D. Catalog and then fill out the Inter Library Loan request form if the item is not available from C.O.D.

We also have reciprocal borrowing arrangements with our four local liberal arts colleges: Wheaton, Elmhurst, Benedictine, and North Central.

Online Books

The Library Catalog contains access to many eBooks. Use the same suggested searches above, but limit or modify your search to the location eBook or Reference eBook. These online books were chosen with the same care as other books in the collection. Some of the history databases also have books or parts of books in them. You may also want to check some of the titles on the Online Books page.

Ken Orenic, Reference Librarian

September 2012

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