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Research Guide to History: Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching historical topics

Research Assistance

More ways to get help:

Circulating Materials

To find books, audio/visual materials, or print periodicals on your topic, conduct a keyword or subject search in the Library Catalog.

Try synonyms and related terms:

antiquity  OR  classical
World War I  OR  World War, 1914-1918
Civil War  OR  War Between the States

From the information you find in the Catalog, be sure to note:

  • the Location of the item in the Library Building
  • the item's Call Number
  • whether the item is available or has been checked out

To become more familiar with finding materials in the Library's print collection, here's a guide to using Library of Congress call numbers:

Library Databases

Click on the links below to search for articles from periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers, etc.) and for information from electronic books and multimedia resources. From off-campus, you will need to enter the barcode number from the back of your AACC photo ID or Truxal Library card.

Searching for Full Text

No full text available?
Have only an article's abstract or just a citation?

Use the library's Finding Articles from Citations page, which is part of the Finding Materials from Citations Guide.

For assistance, contact the reference desk at 410-777-2456 or

Print Reference Materials

Find these materials in the Reference Section of Truxal Library:

  • African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country (Ref) E185.96 .G38
  • African American Culture and History (Ref) E185 .E54
  • African American Frontiers: Slave Narratives and Oral Histories (Ref) E444 .G68
  • African American Years (Ref) E185 .S797
  • American Revolution, 1775-1789: An Encyclopedia (Ref) E208 .A433
  • Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era, 1760-1790 (Ref) G1201 .S3 .A8
  • Atlas of the Civil War (Ref) E468 .W754
  • Book of Old Maps Delineating American History from the Earliest Days Down to the Close of the Revolutionary War  (Ref) GA405 .F5
  • Books about Early America: 2001 Titles (Ref) E188 .A54
  • Civil War Maps (Ref) GA405.5 .L52
  • Columbia Guide to American Women in the Nineteenth Century (Ref) HQ1418 .C58
  • Companion to American Cultural History (Ref) E169.1 .C684
  • Dictionary of American Biography (Ref) E176 .D5
  • Dictionary of American History (Ref) E174 .D52
  • Dictionary of the Middle Ages (Ref) CB361 .E52
  • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: from the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century  (Ref) E185 .E5453
  • Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Ref) D54 .E53
  • Encyclopedia of Colonial and Revolutionary America (Ref) E188 .E63
  • Encyclopedia of Confederacy (Ref) E487 .E55
  • Encyclopedia of the American Civil War (Ref) E468 .E53
  • Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History (Ref) E159 .B67
  • Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (Ref) CB361 .E52
  • Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World (Ref) HQ1127 .S25
  • Exploration & Colonial America (1492-1755)  (Ref) E187 .E96
  • Landmarks of the American Revolution: Library of Military History (Ref) E159 .B67
  • New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Ref) E209 .N47
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (Ref) DE5 .O95
  • Revolutionary America, 1763-1789: a Bibliography (Ref) E208 G43 
  • The Routledge History of Sex and the Body: 1500 to the Present  (Ref) HQ12 .R69 2013
  • The Value of a Dollar: Prices and Incomes in the United States, 1860 -2014  (Ref) HB235 .U6 D47 2014 
  • Working Americans, 1880 - 2012  (Ref) HD8066 .D47 2012

Research by Discipline

Use other Research Guides to discover and develop historical research topics within a particular discipline:

Truxal Library also provides guides for researching particular literary works. In the search box at the top right of this page, type the author's name (for instance, Shakespeare) or title of the novel, story, or play that you're researching (for instance, Hamlet) to see if Truxal has created a guide for that work.


MLA-style and APA-style guidelines change over time, especially for citing sources accessed electronically.  For the most up-to-date information about how to cite sources correctly, visit these pages:

Using a citation generator from a database or website?
Doublecheck to be sure the generator has used the newest rules.


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