American History Early Years

From Golden Telescope Research Guides

On the shelves

Browse: If you would like to browse "American History" in general, look at the 973 call number. As you go further in the 973s you will notice that the subjects are more specialized according to the time period in American history.

Search the RJHS Library Catalog

Search for keywords:Similar items will be nearby. For example, a search for Benjamin Franklin results in several books, located at 973.3 on the shelf. The books about him and about early American history will be near each other on the shelf.

Electronic Books

Click on HISTORY for over 25 reference books including the Dictionary of American History 10 v.

Database Passwords for HOME use HERE or on sticker available from library.

Remember, when using any book (print or electronic) look at the Table of Contents or Index to locate specific information.


Includes Periodicals, Newspapers, Reference Books, Biographies, Primary Source Documents, Images & Videos. There is a Timeline option that allows you to select a U.S. History time period.
Includes topic overviews, journals, news, periodicals, and more.
Start Here icon.pngto browse American History topics. Click on the Topics tab and select the History Button (Down the page on the left side). Browse the topics.
Academic Journals and other Scholarly Resources - College level sources.
Searches all relevant databases for your topic.
Use a keyword search. As you begin typing it will suggest topics which may be helpful.
First result often is a Research Starter which will provide a good overview of the topic.
Use limiters, found on the left side of the results page, to narrow your search. An especially helpful limiter is Subject. Be sure to use the Show More link to access all the subject limiters.
Use Advanced Search. Search your big topic and a subtopic and consider using ‘’’title’’’ or subject terms in the drop down menu to the right of the search box. This will limit your hits to the most relevant articles immediately.


Database Passwords for HOME use HERE or on sticker available from library.


Primary documents from around the world. Browse by continent and time period.
Depicts two communities, one Northern and one Southern, through the experience of the American Civil War. These primary sources include newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, maps, church records, population census, agricultural census, and military records.
  • Individual Digital Collections - Digital collections from around the world
This impressive site from Steven Mintz at the University of Houston includes an up-to-date U.S. history textbook; annotated primary sources on United States, Mexican American, and Native American history, and slavery; and succinct essays on the history of ethnicity and immigration, film, private life, and science and technology.
Search for journal articles and legal opinions and articles. Will also search the RJ JSTOR account.
Search for books available through Google; includes full e-access to many books and limited/preview access to others. Shows library or bookseller location if you want to obtain hard copy access.
Use to find items in Colorado libraries. Borrow the item from the specified library if you have an account OR order it now using the RJ Interlibrary Loan Request Form. Provide as much information as you know. Allow 7-10 days to receive the item via ILL.

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