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American History: Begin Here

This guide highlights American History resources that are available via the Fordham University Libraries.


Welcome to the American History research guide at Fordham University Libraries. This page contains introductory resources for beginning research.

If you need additional assistance, please contact one of the Reference Librarians listed below to set up a research consultation.

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Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad

Gardner, A., photographer. (1865) Abraham Lincoln, seated and holding a book, with his son Tad Thomas leaning on a table. , 1865. [Feb. 5] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

Print and Electronic Reference Sources

decorative  Search the Library Catalog to locate print and electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, handbooks, etc.

There are reference sources focusing on most:

  • time periods (Gilded Age, Jacksonian era etc.)
  • social movements (Civil Rights, Green etc.)
  • events (Great Depression, War of 1812 etc.)
  • issues (slavery, arms control etc.)
  • diplomacy (United States-China Relations etc.) in U.S. History. 

Search the catalog using the terms historical dictionary, encyclopedia, almanac, handbook, etc. along with the specific topic in the Words or Phrases field. 

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