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American History: American History Research

Researching American History

This page is dedicated to helping you do research on American History topics.

On this page you will find:

  • A link to our library catalog along with some helpful tips and tricks to keep in mind when searching American History materials.
  • Preset database searches for American History articles.
  • Scholarly books related to American History. 

These resources can also be found on our Library Resources page.

When you are not on campus and try to use the databases, you will be prompted for a username and password. If you do not know these and are a Schoolcraft student, then give the library a call and we will provide you with the information you need. 

Our phone number is:  (734) 462-4440

Catalog Search (w/ Tips and Tricks)

Use the library's catalog to search for American History materials.

Tips to keep in mind when searching:

1) Searching for "American History" under the Key Word or Subject criteria will not always give you the best results.

2) Instead, if you are searching for American History materials available in our library's collection, then use one or more of the following Subject Headings, trying to be as specific as possible:

  • Colonial history
  • Civil War
  • African American History
  • Genealogy
  • United States History Revolution
  • Reconstruction U.S. history

3) As you explore our holdings, you'll discover more specific Subject Headings, such as: 

  • Slavery--United States--History
  • Detroit (Mich.)--History
  • Presidents--United States--Biography

These help narrow the focus of the search and can be helpful if you have a specific topic or genre you're interested in exploring. If you want to know all of the Subject Headings for a particular item in our catalog, then click the Catalog Record tab in the item's record. You can click on one of the Subject Headings and it will bring up a list of all the other items in the library that have the same Subject Heading.

Important Note: Keep in mind that some of these subject searches will return mostly (if not all) ebooks and online resources. If you are only interested in book results, then select BOOK under the "Format" option on the Advanced Search page. This will get rid of all the ebook and online resource results and only provide you a list of books under the selected subject.


Off Campus Library Database Access

Schoolcraft students, faculty, and staff can access library databases from off-campus through Blackboard by clicking the “Organizations” tab. Go to

Databases (w/ Preset Searches for American History-Related Materials)

Examples of American History Books

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