First, think about the requirements of your assignment. Do you have a specific topic in mind (or were you assigned one)? Do you need to stick to scholarly sources or are some popular sources allowed?
Usually, you cannot use general encyclopedias such as the Encyclopedia Britannica or the World Book, and definitely not Wikipedia! Some instructors do allow the use of specialized history encyclopedias, but others do not.
For historical research, primary sources, books and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals are generally acceptable.
We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
~ Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
This guide will help you find reliable information on the U.S. Civil War, in both print and online sources. If you have any questions about researching this topic, or about STLCC Libraries, please use the contact information at right, or Ask-A-Librarian.
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