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

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

History Database for Topic Exploration

Browse the Issues & Controversies in History database if you aren't sure what topic you want to focus on. Use the American History Eras section on the right to find potential topics.

Reference Sources

Why use reference books? Reference books provide you with:

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

Reference resources can also be a good starting point in selecting a research topic. After reviewing reference resources you can develop a plan of where to concentrate your research efforts on topics you want to explore further.

Online Reference Resources (off-campus access requires signing in 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.
  • Gale eBooks - Gale eBooks is a database of academic eBooks, encyclopedias, and specialized reference sources covering a variety of subject areas.

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 Sources for Topic Exploration