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American Civil War and Reconstruction - Bradford Campus

This guide is designed to help locate primary and secondary sources for research papers and projects for Dr. Cilli's HIST 1321 American Civil War and Reconstruction.

Course Description

"America in the years leading to the Civil War, the war, and the period of reconstruction will be discussed. The full gamut of the social, economic, psychological, constitutional and political factors will be considered." --Bulletin.

Checklist for Locating Sources

  • Find a topic for which you have a keen interest or passion.
  • Do some background reading noting any important names, dates, or resources.
  • Go to the library catalog to locate books (print and online books) and to the library databases to locate articles in electronic journals. These can help point to primary sources.
  • Search for books/articles/documents mentioned in the books and articles you have located.
  • Go to primary source databases and search (some of these might require extra patience and time).
  • Leave yourself enough time to identify useful primary sources and to locate and acquire these.
  • Schedule a library consultation with Marietta Frank (, Catherine Baldwin (, or Kim Bailey (