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US History Sources 1880s-1930s

This InfoGuide contains primary source resources and research strategies for the Gilded Age, Progressive Era, World War I, and Great Depression Eras in American History, from the 1880s to the 1930s.

Core Tools

The gold standard of historical scholarship remains the monograph, or a book about a single subject. Books about a single subject published by university presses are typically the culmination of years of scholarship on a topic. Use library catalogs to find these materials.

  • University Libraries Catalog: Search for books, journals, and media available at the Mason Libraries.
  • WRLC Catalog: Search for books, journals, and media in research libraries in the Washington, DC area.
  • Library of Congress Catalog: Search the collections at the Library of Congress.
  • WorldCat: Search for books and media in libraries around the world.
  • CRL: Search for newspapers, journals, documents, and archives of the Center for Research Libraries. Mason is a member of this International Consortium of Research Libraries which provides access to a host of research collections via ILL and some online sources.

Selected Reference Sources