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U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction: a Research Guide

Suggestions for finding books, journal articles, primary documents, and Web sites about the U.S. Civil War


Many U.S. history primary sources can be located in OneSearch

Some examples are: diaries, letters, personal papers and journals, personal narratives, and autobiographies. 

Include these terms in your search, along with keywords in your topic. Another approach to finding primary sources is to type the word sources in addition to your topic keywords. 

Government Documents Collection

Other important primary sources will be found in the library’s Government Documents Collection. Many of the Federal documents are listed in OneSearch.

Primary Source: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion

The largest compilations of primary source government documents relating to the U.S Civil War in the library are located in the following publications:

Secondary Sources

Books about the U.S. Civil War that are secondary sources can be found in the library catalog by searching the subject:

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Call numbers - E History of America 

   E 456-655  Civil War period, 1861–1865

E 456-459..........Lincoln's administrations, 1861–April 15, 1865
E 461-655..........The Civil War, 1861–1865

E 482-489..........Confederate States of America
E 491-586..........Armies. Troops
E 591-600..........Naval history

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