U. S. History: 20th Century America


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See also the course guides: U.S. History: Gilded Age/Progressive Era PowerPoint Projects and Annotated Bibliography and Book Review Guide


Books           Primary Sources          Taft Online Subscriptions           Websites

Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

START HERE: These resources provide essential background information - who, what, when, where, why, how

Books / eBooks

(also called secondary sources and monographs)

RhinoCat is the Library's automated catalog of books, ebooks, DVDs, and other library materials. RhinoCat is available from any browser at http://library.taftschool.org. It is also accessible from your TaftNet homepage. A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits. TIP: When you identify a book in RhinoCat that sounds useful, open the book's full record, scroll down and click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your project.

Primary Sources

  • Search Rhinocat to find books and reference sources containing primary sources by copying and pasting the following phrase into the basic keyword search, substituting your topic or topic phrase for xxxxxsu,wrdl: sources or su,wrdl: diaries or su,wrdl: personal narratives and kw,phr: xxxxx
  • Primary source databases
  • Statistics and Polls in Reference sources
  • The Library has the following original journals shelved at the end of the Reference collection: Harper's Magazine (1922-1971), LIFE magazine (1936-1972), TIME magazine (1930-1966). Thanks for handling these fragile bound volumes with care! Want a copy of an article or advertisement? Please take a picture using your smartphone.
  • See Taft Online Subscription Databases and Websites below for additional resources containing primary sources.
  • See also the course guide Find Primary Sources for more ways to find documents and primary sources in our Library and on the internet.

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • American History Online Overview essays, biographies, primary sources, videos and slideshows, images, timelines, and maps and graphs in American political, military, social, and cultural history.
  • Daily Life Through History (Academic)  This comprehensive collection of primary and secondary sources provides insight into the social history of societies from prehistory to the 21st-century. Includes authoritative content from more than 75 Greenwood reference works and original journal articles from prominent historians.
  • Issues and Controversies in American History Background, outcomes, and contemporary points of view for every major debate and conflict in American history.
  • Modern World History Reference articles, biographies, events and topics, primary source documents, timelines, maps and charts, images and videos from the mid-15th century to the present.
  • U.S. History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia.
  • World History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia.
  • World History: The Modern Era Covers the history of the world from 1500 to the present. Includes reference articles, media and primary source material.
  • Journal article databases
    • Academic Search Complete Access full-text articles in thousands of magazines and journals. Tip: Limit your search to Full Text, Articles, and language.
    • JSTOR Extensive backfiles of full-text scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
  • Video database


Wikipedia's general disclaimer: "Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields."

  • To find reliable websites:
    • Britannica Academic includes links to recommended websites.
    • SweetSearch: a Search Engine for Students searches only credible websites approved by research experts.
    • Google Advanced Search
      • Limit your search to reliable domains by including the phrase site:gov OR site:edu OR site:ac.uk  (gov for U. S. government agencies; edu for educational institutions in the U.S.; ac.uk for educational institutions in the United Kingdom)    
      • Here's an example for a topic on Eleanor Roosevelt and the New Deal. Think about other terms you can swap in and out.                                                  

* see the course guide Find and Evaluate Websites for more information

Useful Websites

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