Pathfinder: North Carolina History



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

North Carolina State Outline Clip ArtUse our library catalog, found at one of our catalog terminals near the library entrance or online here. By default, the catalog opens to a simple keyword search.  If you want to search by a specific title or author, choose the browse search mode under the “search” key at top of page.  Try different keywords in four first search does not bring up any relevant results.  Useful subject headings to try are “North Carolina — History – Civil War.”  There is great value in browsing the shelf area where you have found a relevant book.  Look in the section of the shelves marked “F” to find books specifically about North Carolina history.

Don’t forget to try the local public library, which as a North Carolina Room with a large local history collection.


Selected Reference Books

  • Antebellum Builders of North Carolina (F 253 .C74)
  • Carolina Pirates and Colonial Commerce, 1670-1740 (F 257 .H8)
  • Close to the Land ; The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 (F 258 .C6 1983)
  • The Confederacy and Zeb Vance (Ervin E 664 .V2 Y28)
  • Grandfather’s Tales of North Carolina History (F 255 .C91)
  • A Guide to the Study and Reading of North Carolina History (Ref. Z 1319 .S42)
  • Historical sketches of North Carolina from 1584-1851 (F 254 .W562 1964)
  • History of North Carolina  (F 254 .A8)
  • History of North Carolina (F 254 .H5)
  • History of North Carolina (F 254 .H67)
  • An Independent People : The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1770-1820 (F 258 .W37)
  • Lawson’s History of North Carolina (F 257 .L447 1951)
  • North Carolina as a Civil War Battleground, 1861-1865 (Ervin E 470.6 .B3)
  • War of Another kind : A Southern Community in the Great Rebellion (E 573.9 .D87)
  • Encyclopedia of the Confederacy (Ref. E 487 .E55 1993)


Where to Look for Local North Carolina History

There are many resources concerning Western North Carolina and specific counties locate on the shelves in the call number area of F 262 B.  Also check the reference area under the same call number.


  • The Road to Kings Mountain – VT3442 – 29 minutes
  • Images of Burke County “A Contemporary Portrait” – VT2044
  • Images of Burke County “A Visual Reflection” – VT2090 and VT2091
  • The Waldensians: A History of Heritage – VT1013
  • They Said They Wouldn’t Hang A Woman, But They Did – VT0458

There are many other videos containing information about North Carolina in the Civil War series,

the Revolutionary War series, Eyes on the Prize series, The Shaping of the American Nation series

and others.


Where to Look on the Internet

Some starting points for history research on the web:


Putting It All Together

Some instructors specify the format that is expected for research papers submitted to them. Check with your instructor to ensure that you use the correct citation format.

  • Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by the American Psychological Association
  • MLA Style: Documenting Sources on the World Wide Web
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers (Turabian) (Ref. LB 2369 .T8 1996)
    (online Turabian Quick Guide is available here)
  • Concise Rules of APA Style (Ref. BF 7617 .P83 2001)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2010)
  • Concise Rules of APA Style (Ref. BF 76.7 .C66 2005)
  • The World’s Easiest Guide to Using the APA:  A User-Friendly Manual for Formatting Research Papers According To the American Psychological Association Style Guide (Ref. BF 76.7 .A43 1995)
  • Online citation guides: APAMLAChicago, and CBE

Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance!


updated 4/29/2014