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POL 4801 Senior Research Seminar: U.S. History

capstone project for political science majors

U.S. History

Robert D. Ault, MLS

History Librarian
Maag Library  Microforms Center Level 3
Tel: 330-941-1719



Maag Library provides access to books and articles on American History in a variety of formats. The resources and tips on this page can help you locate the resources you need. For additional assistance, please contact me directly.

Background Information

Use these resources for definitions of historical terms or general information.

  • The Encyclopedia of American History Ref E174.E53 2003
    This comprehensive, single volume reference book chronicles all the essential facts of American history, from government and politics to science, thought and culture, from pre-Columbian times through the first years of the George W. Bush Administration.
  • The Encyclopedia of American Political History Ref E183.E48 2001
    This reference tool is intended for anyone interested in gaining a quick understanding of significant events, people, or concepts in U.S. political history. Organized alphabetically, the work contains 225 entries. The book opens with a descriptive time line of political events and ends with an appendix of acronyms and abbreviations used in U.S. political history.
  • The Encyclopedia of American Immigration History Ref JV6465.E53 2000
    This alphabetically arranged resource covers a multitude of topics related to immigration to the United States.
  • The Encyclopedia of Local History Gen E180.K25 2000
    Through brief, succinct notes and essay-length entries, this handy reference tool published by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) provides commentary on a number of local history subjects, including the everyday topics that most local historians encounter. It also presents local history sources and historical fields and trends in the subject.
  • The Encyclopedia of Women’s History in America Ref HQ1410.C85 2000
    This treatment of U.S. women’s history presents over 500 entries for significant events, legislative acts, court cases, organizations, individuals, and publications. It is written in engaging prose style and includes quotes from primary sources and a good coverage of recent topics. While it does not include illustrations, it does include suggested readings after each entry, an extensive bibliography, an appendix of 34 documents, and an index.
  • A Native American Encyclopedia Ref E76.2.P75 1998
    This reference tool provides a wealth of information about all known Native American groups covering everything from notable leaders and relations with non-natives; to customs, dress, dwellings, and weapons; to government and religion. Listed alphabetically for easy access, each tribe is presented in careful detail, starting with the tribal name, translation, origin, and definition.
  • The American Heritage Encyclopedia of American History Ref E174.A535 1998
    This hefty one-volume reference to American history offers nearly 3,000 articles providing the essential details to major events as well as little-known episodes in the nation’s history.
  • Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War Gen Oversize DS557.7.E53 1998
    This comprehensive encyclopedia covers the military, social, and political aspects of the Vietnam War. The first two volumes contain articles on military tactics and weapon systems, detailed biographies, and analytical articles describing the contributions of various nations, the antiwar movement, and military strategy. Each entry has a substantial bibliography, as well as see-also references. Volume three consists of a documentary history of the war.
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History Ref E185.E54 1996
    This completely updated encyclopedia contains alphabetically arranged entries that cover the people, events, movements, and concepts of 500 years of African-American history including topics such as African-American settlement, slave population, events of the 19th and 20th centuries, and key figures.
  • Encyclopedia of the American Military: Studies of the History, Traditions, Policies, Institutions, and Roles of the Armed Forces in War and Peace Ref UA23.E56 1994
    This work assesses the American military by describing the American view of war and the nature, development, and attainment of American national military objectives through history. The 69 topically-arranged articles, including lengthy bibliographies, examine many aspects of the American military experience. The text is preceded by an 80-page chronology of American military history.
  • Encyclopedia of American Social History Gen Oversize HN57.E58 1993
    This useful resource includes 180 scholarly essays in 14 thematic sections that provides a historical overview of a period or aspect of American life and culture. Examples of article topics include slavery, racism, alcoholism, sexual orientation, and numerous entries on family life, popular culture, and periods of social change. Each concludes with a useful bibliography.
  • The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates Ref E174.5.C3 1993
    This one-volume encyclopedia with more than 15,000 entries explores more than 1,000 years of American history and popular culture. Covering from the 10th century through the 20th, readers will discover all the details, dates and events from the first Norse explorers in 986 through the end of 1996. Organized in four parallel columns for each year, and chronologically within each column, the book enables readers to see the progression of events in any given field as well as get a picture of all the important events of any year. In addition, the book contains an extensive index that allows readers to find specific entries quickly and easily.
  • The American Revolution, 1775-1783: An Encyclopedia Ref E208.A433 1993
    This encyclopedia contains over 800 entries that provide comprehensive summaries of military and naval developments for the 1775-1783 era in American history including essays on the major and minor battles, military figures, and political and diplomatic themes. Each essay concludes with a bibliography.
  • American Decades Ref E169.12 .A4198 2001
    This well-organized work offers terse insights into what happened during each decade of American history as well as chronologies; lists; and information on trends, people in the news, awards, deaths, and publications. The 13 thematic chapters cover “World Events,” “The Arts,” “Business and the Economy,” “Education,” “Fashion,” “Science and Technology,” and other broad subject areas.
  • A Dictionary of American History [electronic resource]
    This dictionary includes some 3,000 short alphabetically-arranged entries that cover from the colonial period to the present and includes information about African American, women’s and Native American history. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to NetLibrary affiliated libraries.
  • Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War Ref E468 .H57 1986
    This comprehensive, single-volume general reference work on the American Civil War includes some 1,600 alphabetically arranged, concise articles on every aspect of the period, supplemented by informative battle maps and many of the most famous period black-and-white photographs. The entries include not only detailed discussions of the major and minor battles and military life in general, but also the war’s effects on society, from government, politics, and technology to journalism, commerce, and home life.
  • The Reader’s Companion to American History Ref E174 .R43 1991
    This volume contains alphabetical entries for almost every important person, place, or event in America’s past.

Finding Books

Books can be found through MaagNET, the Maag Library online catalog, through the OhioLINK Catalog, or through the Worldcat Catalog. Use MaagNet to locate items available through Maag Library. Use the OhioLINK catalog to locate items available through other OhioLINK institutions. Use Worldcat to locate materials in libraries outside of the OhioLINK system. These items can be requested and delivered to Maag Library for pickup.

For more help finding books, see Finding Books.

Browsing for books

The American History collection is located on Floor 3A (General Collection), in the Reference Room, and in Serials (Journals/Periodicals) on the 6th Floor. All collections are arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Once you locate a book or journal that is useful in one of these areas, you can locate information on the same or similar topics by locating the same call number in the other areas of the library. See Call Numbers and Floor Plans for assistance. Some of the call numbers where you will find information on American History are:

  • E 11-143: America (General)
  • E 151-887: United States (General)
  • E 186-199: American Colonial History
  • E 201-298: American Revolution
  • E 337.8-400: Early Nineteenth Century America 1801/1809-1845
  • E 415.6-440.5: Middle Nineteenth Century America 1845/1848-1861
  • E 456-665: Civil War Period 1861-1865
  • E 661-738: Late Nineteenth Century America 1865-1900
  • E 740-837.7: Twentieth Century America 1801/1809-1845
  • F 1-975: United States Local History

Searching For Books

To find books by subject, search MaagNet or the OhioLINK catalog. If you are not sure of the exact subject for the topic you are researching, begin with History and browse the list of subjects or use one of the subjects below to get started.

  • United States–History
  • United States–Politics and governement
  • Indians of North America–New England–Religion
  • Vietnamese Confict, 1961-1975–United States
  • African American–Civil rights–History–20th century

Finding Articles

History articles are available in print and electronic sources. The information below will help you decide where to begin searching for articles.

Articles in print

History journals that Maag Library receives in print can be located by searching MaagNet, browsing by call number or through the list of History journals received by Maag Library. These journals are located on the sixth floor of Maag Library and are arranged in call number order.

Online Articles

Many history journals are now available through online subscription databases and through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center. Various terms can be used to search these databases, including subject, keywords, names, historical periods, etc. Most databases allow access by current YSU faculty, students and staff from off campus, although a few are restricted to in-library use only. For more information about connecting from home, see off-campus access.

  • America: History and Life
    Index to articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.
    On and off-campus access
  • American Periodicals Series Online
    Digitized images of the pages of over 1,100 historic American magazines, journals, and newspapers. A good source for company and industry information. Some full-text availability.
    On-campus access Off-campus access
  • Annals of American History
    Full text of over 2000 primary documents and multimedia files covering American history.
    Off-campus access
  • HarpWeek
    Page images and indexes to Harper’s Weekly, covering the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
    On-campus access Off-campus access
  • AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive
    Photos from The Associated Press, plus graphics, text and audio.
    On-campus access Off-campus access
  • American National Biography Online
    Biographical dictionary of people who have influenced and shaped American history and culture.
    On-campus access Off-campus access
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (ISI Web of Science)
    Index and cited references for articles in the arts and humanities.
    On-campus access Off-campus access
  • Electronic Journal Center
    OhioLINK’s collection of full-text electronic journals. Browse or search the online journals.
    Off-campus access
  • History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
    Index to journal articles, books, proceedings, and other literature in the history of science, technology and medicine, and allied historical fields.
    On-campus access Off-campus access
  • Humanities Abstracts
    Index and abstracts to articles from diverse subject areas within the humanities.
    On and Off-campus access

These databases provide a starting point for your research. To see other available databases, visit the Research Databases page.

Web Resources

American Memory

American Memory, which is a digital record of American history and creativity, provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America.

An Outline of American History
USINFO delivers information about current U.S. foreign policy and about American life and culture. This site is produced and maintained by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs.
Biography of America
A Biography of America is a telecourse and video series developed by Annenberg Media that presents American history as a living narrative. This series web site lets you delve further into the topics of the 26 video programs.
America’s Story from America’s Library
America’s Story from America’s Library was developed from the collections of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to teach students of all ages about American History in a fun and exciting way.
Making of America
Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
Created and hosted by the Independence Hall Association in Philadelphia, contains links to and information about numerous American historical sites.

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A True Greek Tragedy:: The Holocaust in Salonika

A True Greek Tragedy: The Holocaust in Salonika

A YSU Documentary That Aired on PBS Western Reserve

Ash and Smoke cast photos

Now Available at Maag Library!

A joint effort of YSU’s Maag Library, History Department and the Department of Media & Academic Computing, this one hour documentary was broadcast by Public Television’s  Western Reserve Public Media  during the 2011-12 season and was rebroadcast in 2013. Here is a preview.

This Jambar article  discussed the creation of the program. It was featured at the Youngstown Area 2012 Jewish Film Festival   Dr. Saul Friedman taught at YSU from 1969 to 2006 and was founder of our Holocaust Studies program. In addition to a dozen books, he created 13 documentaries of which 5 received regional Emmy Awards.   He  died March 31, 2013.

According to the records of the Greek government, 56,500 Jewish citizens lived in the city of Salonika on the eve of the Holocaust.   By December 1944 only three remained.  This is their story–and by extension–it is the story of the Jews of Greece.

 Ash and /Smoke  may be borrowed from the Maag Library AudioVisual Collection, Call number  DVD 0432. 

It will appear online in the Maag archives in the future.

Photos from the Ash and Smoke premiere 2012