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United States History: Home

This guide covers the history of the United States of America, from its indigenous era, to recent events. This guide will direct you to resources useful in your research.


Information in this guide will be useful for anyone taking an American history class or having a personal interest in the subject. College of the Redwoods offers an Associate of Arts in History for Transfer. In addition, history is a requirement in many other degrees offered at the college. Consult with a counselor about what courses are required to meet your goals.

Useful and Relevant Search Words

These are some of the search words that students may need for a research project. Other words may be useful in addition to those listed below. Consult your textbook, class notes, or assignment guidelines for topic ideas.


Use specific words. Use only one or two words. Try both plural and singular forms. Try varying combinations. Try words for specific issues relevant to the topic.Try both technical and common usage words. Try names of relevant places or persons.

  • African American History
  • American Diplomacy
  • American Expansion
  • American Foreign Relations
  • Asian American History 
  • British Colonization
  • Civil War
  • Colonial American and Early America
  • Genocide in America
  • Great Depression
  • Immigration
  • Latinx History 
  • National Security, Espionage, and Intelligence
  • Native American History
  • Nineteenth Century America
  • Religion in America
  • Revolutionary War
  • Slavery in America
  • Twentieth Century America
  • Women in America
  • World War I
  • World War II

For Del Norte and Distance Education students

Online resources are set up to be accessible to all students from any location at any time. You may be prompted to login using your WebAdvisor ID and your eight digit birth date.  Physical format books from Eureka can be requested and delivered to Del Norte, and vice versa. 

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Cathy Cox
Cathy Cox
Library Director
College of the Redwoods
7351 Tompkins Hill Rd.
Eureka, CA 95501

Citation Styles

Always ask your instructor what citation style should be used for research projects. See below for links to helpful resources.