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History 112 - U.S. History Since 1865: Choosing A Topic

Exploring the political, social, economic, and intellectual development in the United States from the end of the Civil War to the current period.

Reference Sources

Why reference books? Because reference books provide you with:

  • A springboard to information on a topic
  • Important dates convering who, what, where and why
    for the ‘who, what, when, and how
    for the ‘who, what, when, and how
  • Important individuals and explanation of terms
    for the ‘who, what, when, and how

After viewing these online and print resources you will be developing a plan of what to concentrate your research efforts on and the who, what, where and why  that you want to explore further.

  These resources are a good starting point in a selection of a research topic

Online Reference Resources (Note: off-campus access to these databases requires that you sign on using your mymsjc user name and password.):

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  • Credo Reference Credo Reference is an online resource that contains content from  524 reference books covering every major subject. There are over 2 million entries, and 65,000+ images (art, diagrams, interactive maps and photos).
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Selected Subject Headings

Selected Subject Headings

                Topics          Subject heading        

Defining freedom during Reconstruction Era

 Reconstruction (U.S. History, 1865-1877)

Black Codes, Jim Crow laws, and modern day slavery  Slavery-America-History
Indian board school and contemporary challenges faces by Native Americans

Off-reservation boarding schools.  Indian residential schools ; Non-reservation boarding schools ; Non-reservation schools ; Off-reservation Indian boarding schools ; Off-reservation Indian schools ; Off-the-reservation boarding schools ; Residential schools, Indian-

Mexican-American Civil Rights

 Chicano civil rights movement (Chicano movement)

Religious fundamentalism and social change

Fundamentalism, Religious; Fundamentalist movements, Religious, Social Change – Religious aspects

The Women’s Rights Movement Rights of women; Women--Civil rights; Women--Rights of women; Women's rights--Law and legislation

Select Print Reference Sources