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HISA 4344: Civil War and Reconstruction (Goodier) Spring 2023 4344-01

Librarian: Mary Lynn Bensen

Finding Background Information

Reference books (encyclopedias, handbooks, chronologies) are valuable sources of information.

  • Brief overviews
  • Important concepts, names, and dates
  • Lists of sources for further reading
  • Free photocopying at Research Help Desk
  • Do not generally count as required sources

Selected Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks

Cambridge Histories Online                                                                                                            Under Databases on library website

Complete text of over 350 scholarly texts in the Cambridge History Series.  Each title is also listed individually in the library's online catalog.  Dates vary.  Some titles are available in print.

American Civil War                                           Ref E 456 E47 1996 SB
Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference

Ref E 468 L58 2002

Civil War Naval Encyclopedia Ref E 591 C53 2011
Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery Ref E 441 D53 1988 SB
Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895 v.3 Ref E 185 E545 2006
Encyclopedia of the American Civil War Ref E 468 E53 2000
Encyclopedia of the Confederacy Ref E 487 E55 1993 SB
Historical Dictionary of the Civil War Ref E 468 J777 2002 SB
Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War

Ref E 468 H57 1986 SB

New York Times Complete Civil War Ref E 464 N49 2010
Political Lincoln:  An Encyclopedia Ref E 457.2 P65 2009
Women during the Civil War

Ref E 628 H37 2007


American National Biography

Includes entries on major national figures in American history.

Ref CT 213 A68 1999

Biographical Dictionary of the Confederacy

            Includes biographical sketches and chronology of events.

Ref E 467 W2 SB

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

           Provides citations to short entries in biographical resources.

Under Databases on library website


Historical Statistics of the United States

            Covers from 1600 to the present.

Under Databases on library website


Every Day of the Civil War Ref E 468.3 H35 2010