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History: 012 - Hitt

History 012 - Political & Social History of the United States II

This course surveys the political, social, and economic history of the United States from 1876 to the present.


Research Topic:

  • A topic from U.S. History (of your choosing) 1861 - modern times (current)


Navigate to the Find Articles tab and view the Databases by Subject page.

Recommended Subject Databases Collections:

  • History

Recommended Websites to Generate a Topic

Primary vs Secondary

Primary sources are documents or physical objects which were written or created during the time under study.

Original Documents: diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records.
Creative Works: poetry, drama, novels, music, art.
Relics or Artifacts: pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings.

Secondary sources interpret and analyze primary sources; they are one or more steps removed from the event. 

Publications: textbooks, magazine articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, encyclopedias.
Images: pictures, quotes, or graphics of primary sources.

Assignment Requirements

Type: Research Paper

Length: 7-10 Pages

Citation Format: Chicago Manual of Style (with footnotes) and a bibliography

Required Sources: 

  • Minimum of 3 primary sources (first-hand accounts)
  • Minimum of 4 secondary sources  
  • A combination of on-line, print (hardcopy), & DVD sources are allowed



Navigate to the Find Books tab and use the library catalog search box. 


Connect to the catalog by viewing the books above:

  1. Click on the blue link or image to open the item record in the library catalog. Take note of the school location, call number, and status
  2. To find similar books, click on Catalog Record and look at the Subject Terms to see how the item was cataloged. 
  3. Click on the Subject Term to navigate to items cataloged with that term and view results. 

To begin a new search after viewing a book, click Search/Home on the top left bar.