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The John Paul II Library offers many different sources of information about the history of North America. Print reference sources available on the first floor can be used to locate the borders of countries in years past, map military campaigns and identify key figures in the different eras. Many of the print reference resources, like encyclopedias, have bibliographies that give book or journal titles for further information on the subject covered. The JPII Catalog can be searched for books available on the second floor or through OhioLINK.

Electronic resources are another way to find information at the JPII Library. Databases, such as Academic Search Premier or Humanities Index, can be used to locate articles from thousands of journals. Or your search can be narrowed to journal titles that cover specific subject areas, like the Catholic Historical Review or The Journal of American Ethnic History.

The sources listed here can help you start your research but are only a part of the resources available to you through the library. If you have any questions, ask the librarians for help.


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General Information - covers all time periods

Online Databases

America - History and Life - Index to articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. Includes or has links to full text.
American Journeys - View and search more than 150 rare books and original manuscripts from the Wisconsin Historical Society. Contains eyewitness accounts from the Vikings in AD 1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rocky Mountains in the 1800s.
American National Biography Online - Full-text articles and bibliographies of famous Americans.
Academic Search Complete - the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 5,300 scholarly publications, including more than 4,400 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 9,300 journals in the collection. This database is more extensive than Academic Search Premier, which it replaced.
Humanities International Complete - Full-text from hundreds of internationals journals and books. Includes all data from Humanities International Index.
American Memory
Sponsored by the Library of Congress contains photographs, maps and primary sources for
American Religion Data Archive - statistical information about religious groups in America.
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Online Journals

American Quarterly - Essays that examine American society and culture, past and present, in global and local context.

Canadian Review of American Studies - Articles and essays whose purpose is the multi- and inter-disciplinary analysis and understanding of the culture, both past and present, of the United States - and of the relations between the cultures of the U.S. and Canada.

Catholic Historical Review - The only scholarly journal under Catholic auspices in the English-speaking world devoted to the history of the universal Church. It publishes articles, review articles, book reviews, and lists of books received in all areas of church history.

The Journal of American History - publishes article, essays and reviews on all aspects of American historysince 1914.

Journal of American Ethnic History - Addresses various aspects of American immigration and ethnic history, including background of emigration, ethnic and racial groups, Native Americans, immigration policies.

Journal of American Studies - Publishes works on American literature, history, institutions, politics, economics, film, popular culture, geography, sociology and related subjects.
Journal of Military History - Since 1937-  publishes articles, book reviews, memoirs, research notes, documents of note, and lists of recent articles dealing with military history published by other journals.
OhioLINK Electronic Journals - Arts and Humanities


American battlefields: a complete guide to the historic conflicts in words, maps, and photos -   Reference E159 .C65
The Oxford companion to American military history-  Reference E181 .O94 1999  
American naval history: a guide -  Reference E182 .C71 2000
A companion to American thought -  Reference E169.1 .C68
New Catholic encyclopedia: jubilee volume, the Wojtyla years -  Reference BX841 .N44
Encyclopedia of world political systems -. Reference JF51 .D465 2000
Native Americans: an encyclopedia of history, culture, and peoples - Reference E77 .P89
America at war: selected articles from the three-volume Encyclopedia of the American military -  Reference E181 .E632 1998
Encyclopedia of Latin American history and culture -   Reference F1406 .E53
Gale encyclopedia of multicultural America - Reference E184.A1 G1
The timetables of American history  - Reference E18.5 T553
Timetables of history a horizontal linkage of people and events - Reference D11 .G78 1991
American Catholics and slavery, 1789-1866: an anthology of primary documents - Reference HT 917 .C3 A4
Webster’s Biographical DictionaryReference CTW4 1980
Great lives from history. Renaissance to 1900 series - Reference CT104 .G68
American National Biography - Reference CT213 .A68
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Native Americans, the Colonies and the Revolutionary War

Online Database

Bibliography of Native North Americans - covers all aspects of native North American culture, history and life. It includes citations for books, essays, journals and government documents dating from the 16th century to the present.

The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War: A Politcal, Social and Military History - A scholary reference work that covers the causes, course and consequences of the war and the origin of the nation. Has extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter.

Online Journals

Amercan Indian Quarterly - Devoted to the histories, anthropologies, literatures, religions, and arts of native America.
Journal of the Early Republic  - Committed to publishing the scholarship on the history and culture of the United States in the years of the early republic (1776-1861).
Revolutionary Era ~ Rochambeau Maps ~ 1717-1795
Revolutionary Era ~ Maps ~ 1750-1789

Primary Documents

Primary Documents - 16th Century

Primary Documents - 17th Century

Primary Documents - 18th Century



Print Sources

Native Americans: an encyclopedia of history, culture, and peoples - Reference E77 .P89
Dictionary of Native American mythology - Reference E98.R3 G4
Revolutionary America, 1763-1789: a bibliography  - Reference E208 .G43
Encyclopedia of the North American colonies  - Reference E45 .E53
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The Civil War
Online Journals
Civil War History - Focuses on social, cultural, economic, political, and military issues from antebellum America through Reconstruction.
American Nineteenth Century History - devoted to the history of nineteenth century America. Includes slavery, race, the Civil War and Reconstruction. Also includes reassessments of historical controversies and reappraisals of prominent events or individuals.
Other Online Resources

Civil War Maps - Available from the Library of Congress, American Memory project.

HarpWeek - Page images and indexes to Harper's Weekly, covering the Civil War and Reconstruction periods. Includes or has links to full text

Primary Documents - 19th Century



Print Sources

Encyclopedia of the Confederacy - Reference E487 .E55
The chronological tracking of the American Civil War: per the official records of the war of the rebellion. Reference E468.3 M67
The Civil War on the Web: a guide to the very best sites - Reference E468.9 T46 2001
The American Civil War : a handbook of literature and research - Reference E456 A47
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The Early 20th Century and the World Wars
Online Journals
Diplomatic History  - journal devoted to the history of U.S. diplomacy, foreign relations, and national security, Diplomatic History examines issues from the colonial period to the present in a global and comparative context.
Other Online Resources
Immigration, American Expansion - Library of Congress, American Memory site
Photographs from 1935-1945 (the Depression Era to World War II) - from the Library of Congress, American Memory site.

Primary Documents - 20th Century    


Print Resources

The Historical encyclopedia of World War II - Reference D740 .E52


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The Cold War, Korea and Vietnam

Online Journals

Journal of Cold War Studies - features research based on newly released documents from former Communist world and Western countries

Other Online Resources
Virtual Library resources:
Cold War
Korean War
Vietnam War



Print Resources

Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: a political, social, and military history - Reference DS 557.7 E54

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The African-American Experience
Online Journals
African-American Review - prints essays on African American literature, theatre, film, the visual arts, and culture generally; interviews; poetry; fiction; and book reviews.
Journal of African American History - (Published under the title Journal of Negro History from 1916-2001).
Other Online Resources
African American History - primary sources available from the Library of Congress
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