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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

History 172: U.S. History since 1877

A guide to completing the library research component of your assignment to identify a moment in U.S. history after 1980 that should be given more emphasis in your textbook.

On this Page

This page lists the most important information in the guide. If you look at no other page on this guide, please at least review this one:

  • Finding a librarian.
  • Find background information.
  • Finding secondary articles.
  • Finding primary sources.
  • Find more guides.

Find Librarians

Celestina Savonius-Wroth is the History Librarian.

For more librarians who can assist you with your research, see the Librarians page on this guide.

Find Background Information

Find Secondary Sources

To find secondary, begin with the article database America: History and Life:

For more information on finding journal articles and books, see the Secondary Sources page on this guide.

Find Primary Sources

To find primary sources for this assignment, begin with the Primary Sources page on this guide. To find more digital collections of primary sources, see our guide to Digital Collections for Historical Research:

Find More Guides

Because history, especially the study of recent history, is so interdisciplinary, you will likely want to consult multiple library guides, depending on your area of focus. The focus of this guide here is history, but below are some additional library guides that you might find useful: