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United States History

Primary and secondary sources for the study of US History


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Marisa Méndez-Brady
Charles E. Young Research Library | Research & Collections, A1540N
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Research Assistance

Research assistance is available in person, by phone, by e-mail, or via 24/7 online chat.

Online Catalogs

To find books in the UCLA Library and beyond, use the following catalogs:


University of California and beyond

Tips for Book Searching

When searching for books, there are a couple good strategies to start with: 1. If you already have a relevant book or article in hand, use its bibliography to find other sources; 2. Do a subject heading search in a catalog (see box to the right).

For some historical research, it's important to track a particular individual whose name may have varied over the course of his/her lifetime or publication history. In these cases, pay attention to cross-references in the catalog when you do an Author or Subject search for a name. Keep all name variants in mind when you search other catalogs and databases to ensure that you are finding all relevant resources.

Selected Works by UCLA Faculty

Selected E-books

In general, searching for electronic books is the same process as searching for print books. Start with the catalog. However, we do have access to some e-book collections that make it easier to browse. I will add individual, open access e-books having to do with the history of science, technology, or medicine as I come across them. Please suggest titles to add!

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