Skip to main content
Link to Libraries homepage
Link to Libraries homepage
Rutgers University Libraries

American History Research Guide: Reference Books

General Reference Titles for North American History

The American Heritage Encyclopedia of American History
Alexander Reference: E174.A535 1998

American History Sourcebook [directory of museums, historical societies, etc., by state]
Alexander Reference: Z1236.A5144 1988

American History: The New York Public Library Book of Answers
Douglass Reference: E178.25.C68 1993

American National Biography (24 vols. & supplements)
Alexander, Camden, and Dana (Newark) Reference: CT213.A68 1999

C.R.I.S.: The Combined Retrospective Index Set to Journals in History, 1838-1974 (11 vols.)
Alexander Reference: AI3.C16
Camden Reference: Z6205.C18
Douglass Stacks: D1.C18 1977

This Day in American History
Alexander Reference: E174.5.G76 2001

Dictionary of American Biography (20 vols., supplements through 1980)
Camden, Douglass, Special Collections Reference: E176.D56
Alexander Reference: E176.D561
Alexander Stacks: E176.D563

Dictionary of American History (10 vols.)
Alexander and Camden Reference: E174.D52 2003

Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the United States
Alexander and Camden Reference: CD3020.D49 1988

Directory of Historical Agencies the United States and Canada
Alexander and Camden Reference: E172.A53

Directory of History Departments and Organizations in the United States and Canada
Alexander Reference: D16.3.G83

Directory of Oral History Collections
Alexander and Dana (Newark) Reference: Z6208.O7S54 1988

Encyclopedia of American History
Alexander, Carr, and Dana (Newark) Reference: E174.5.M847
Douglass Stacks: E174.5.M847 1976

The Great American History Fact-Finder: the Who, What, Where, When, and Why of American History
Alexander Reference: E174.C67 2004

Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States (3 vols.)
Alexander, Camden, and Dana (Newark) Reference: CD3026 1995
Camden Stacks: CD3026 1995
Alexander Government Documents Reference: AE 1.108:G94

A Guide to Manuscripts Relating to American History in British Depositories
Alexander Reference: Z1236.U58LG
Dana (Newark) Stacks: Z1236.U58LG

Handbook for Research in American History: A Guide to Bibliographies and Other Reference Works
Alexander and Camden Reference: Z1236.P78 1994

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970 (2 vols.)
Alexander Desk, Alexander Government Documents, Camden, Douglass, Carr, LSM, and Dana (Newark) Reference: HA202.B87

The New York Public Library American History Desk Reference
Alexander Reference: E174.5.N47 2003

The Oxford Companion to United States History
Alexander and Camden Reference: E174.O94 2001
Carr and Dana (Newark) Reference: E174.J6
Douglass Stacks: E174.J6

The Peopling of America: A Timeline of Events that Helped Shape our Nation: A Historical Perspective
Alexander and Douglass Reference: E184.A1K84 1996

The Reader's Companion to American History
Alexander, Camden, and Carr Reference: E174.R43 1991

Reader's Guide to American History
Alexander and Camden Reference: Z1236.R43 1997

United States History: A Multicultural, Interdisciplinary Guide to Information Sources
Alexander Reference: Z1236.P45 2003
Camden Reference: E178.P47 2003

Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium
Alexander, Camden, Carr, and Dana (Newark) Reference: E174.5.W4

Writings on American History (annual: 1902-1962)
Alexander, Camden, Douglass, and Dana (Newark) Reference: Z1236.W956

British and American History and Political Science Librarian - New Brunswick

Tom Glynn's picture
Tom Glynn
Alexander Library
Rutgers University
169 College Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ
(848) 932-6105

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to direct suggestions, comments, or complaints concerning any accessibility issues with Rutgers web sites to: or complete the Report Accessibility Barrier / Provide Feedback Form.