The history of the United States goes back long before the founding of the country, and understanding history is an important part of understanding many issues that affect our lives today. Information in this guide will be useful for anyone taking an American history class or having a personal interest in many different contemporary topics. CR offers an Associate of Arts degree in History for Transfer, and history classes are required for most other degrees.
In addition to the information in this guide, you may find additional useful information in the following research guides:
When you're working on a research project, you need to use terms that relate to your topic to find information sources - but you also need to be flexible. Combining multiple terms will help you find sources that are more closely focused on your specific topic.
These are some useful terms to use for a research project in U.S. History. Other terms may be useful as well. Use specific words, but only use one or two word phrases - not whole sentences! Try both plural and singular forms, and try varying combinations.
The search terms listed above can be used in Google, but you'll find more reliable and authoritative sources searching in the library's OneSearch catalog - or in Credo Reference, an online collection of reference and research sources. Use the box below to access Credo's resources in American History, or access OneSearch from the Library Materials tab on this guide. (You may be asked to login using your student ID number).