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Resource Guide:
Modern American History, 1877-present day

Selected Call Numbers

Call numbers are the shelving locations for each item. Browsing in the following areas of the library will help you find materials for your topic.

Topic Call Number
World War 1 (1914-1918)D 500-680
World War 2 (1939-1945) D 731-838
Early Cold War (1945-1965)D 839-847
Late Cold War (1965-1989)D 848-850
Modern Western World (1989-2000)D 856-860
21st century General HistoryD 861-893
Late 19th century United StatesE 660-738
Early 20th century United StatesE 740-838
Late 20th century United StatesE 838-889
Virginia HistoryF 221-235

Selected Subject Headings

Subject headings are selected terms to represent a topic. Searching subject headings in the library catalog will bring the most complete list of results. Below are some example subject headings. More subject headings can be located in the red books at the reference desk.

  • African American History
  • Asian Americans -- History
  • Hispanic Americans -- History
  • History -- Native Americans OR Native American History
  • Capitalism
  • Civil Rights OR Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945 – Europe
  • World War, 1939-1945 – Pacific Area
  • World War, 1939-1945 – Moral and ethical aspects
  • Cold War, 1945-1989
  • Communism
  • United States -- History -- 20th century

Selected Materials at the Von Canon Library

Below are some selected materials in the library with their shelving locations. Browsing in the listed areas of the library will help you find more materials for your topic.

Title Call Number
World War I: the essential reference guideD 510 .W68 2016
World War II: the definitive encyclopedia and document collectionD 740 .E516 2016
History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008E 183 .H58 2010 v.1
Latinos: a biography of the peopleE 184 .S75 S5 1992
Red Apple: communism and mccarthyism in cold war new yorkE 743.5 .D374 2014
The Year of Indecision, 1946: a tour through the crucible of harry truman’s americaE 814 .W45 2016
Lighting the Fires of Freedom: african american women in the civil rights movementeBook
The Fight for Asian American Civil Rights: liberal protestant activism, 1900-1950eBook

Selected Research Databases

Selected Journals and Magazines

The following journals supply articles to the library’s databases. YOu can see if a specific journal supplies articles to our databases by searching the journal title on the library journal page.

  • American 19th Century History
  • American Communist History
  • American Dream
  • American History
  • American Prejudice Against Color
  • American Quarterly
  • Economic Development Review
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
  • Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Studies in American Culture
  • United States and Latin America: A History of American Diplomacy, 1776-2000
  • War & Society

Selected Websites and Digital Archives