Use these exploration encyclopedias for an overview of your topic or person, for definitions and explanations, and for lists of suggested readings. Ask at the reference desk for other suggestions. All are shelved in Reference, Neilson Level 1 North.
Encyclopedia of American Social History (3 vols.) by ref HN 57 E58 1993
Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History (3 vols.) by ref E 169.1 E624 2001
Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century (3 vols.)
Call Number: ref E 169.1 .E626 2001
Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century (4 vols.)