Pathfinder: U.S. History Resources



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

Use 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 “E” to find books specifically about U.S. history. Don’t forget to try the Burke County Public Library, which has a North Carolina Room with a large local history collection.


Selected Reference Books

  • American National Biography (call number: Ref. CT 213 .A68 1999)
  • The American Revolution, 1775-1783: An Encyclopedia (call number: Ref. E 208 .A433 1993)
  • Dictionary of American Biography (call number: Ref. El76 .0563)
  • Dictionary of American History (call number: Ref. E 174 .052)
  • Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (call number: Ref. CT 252 .05)
  • Encyclopedia of Colonial and Revolutionary American (call number: Ref. E 188 .E63 1990)
  • Encyclopedia of Southern History (call number: Ref. F 207.7 .E52)
  • Encyclopedia of the Confederacy (call number: Ref. E 487 .ESS 1993)


Where to Look for Periodical Articles

There are two main groups of online databases offered by the library: NCLIVE and the Academic OneFile. If you
want to access these resources from home, you will need to sign a form (available at the circulation desk)
to obtain the passwords. To access the databases, click on the links for each one.


NCLIVE provides access to more than 60 databases. Some are general, covering a wide range of material,
and some are subject-specific. Two good places to begin your search are : Academic Search Premier and
Master File Premier. Both include full-text articles from magazines, journals and newspapers.

Thompson Gale Academic OneFile Database

The Academic OneFile database is an excellent source for full-text articles. Start by searching for one or two keywords about your research topic in the advanced search, putting each one in a different box. If your search retrieved too many articles, try narrowing your search by adding keywords. You might click the box that limits the search to full-text articles. Be aware that the way to the full text might involve a few steps. Just follow the links and ask a librarian if you cannot find the articles.


WPCC Print Periodical Subscriptions

The library has a collection of several current periodicals in print. The current issues are located in the
Periodical Reading area, and back issues can be obtained by contacting any library staff member. The
following relates to the study of religion in particular:

  • Appalachian Heritage
  • Archaeology
  • Current History
  • Folklife Center News
  • North Carolina Folklore Journal
  • Our State


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.

Other citation styles can be reviewed at Research and Documentation Online (links to APA, MLA, Chicago, and CBE online citation guides.)