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NVRHS  |  U. S. History II A.P.
American Decades: 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, & 00s

by J. Cooper | 5/27/14

Print Resources:

Online Resources:
History Database Subscriptions -  U.S. History, News, General History, Power Seaches

Internet Resources:
Research Guides


Search for particular decades, such as the "1970s," specific events, like "Watergate," or search for specific people involved in an event, such as "Ronald Reagan" as KEYWORDS.

Print Resources-

Circulating collection
call numbers

BELS Catalog

      305.4 Women's History
      327.73 Cold War
      364.1 Watergate

      909.82 World history - 20th century, 1900-1999
      973 United States
      973.9 . . United States - Twentieth Century
      973.92 Watergate
Print Resources-
Reference Books

Reference call numbers

BELS Catalog

      R 306.973 Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell Bottoms. Arranged by topic within volumes arranged by decades.
      R 306.0973 Beacham's Encyclopedia of Social Change: America in the 20th Century. Arranged by topic.

      R 909.82 Chronicle of the 20th Century. Arranged by date.
      R 909.82 Great Events. Arranged by date.
      R 973.9 St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Arranged by topic.
      R 973.9 Purnell's History of the 20th Century. Arranged by topic within volumes arranged by date.
      *R 973.92 American Decades. Arranged by topic within volumes arranged by decade.

Historical Newspapers
Through BCCLS

3 databases which index newspapers (including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times back to 1985, and the New York Times back to 1851) and magazines on a wide range of topics including the arts, business, humanities, health, social sciences, and the sciences.  

*** Go to the BCCLS Database Webpage. You will need to input your public library card number to access the database.

Online Resources- eBook Collection

Username: _________________

Password: __________________

Salem Press History Collection - Decades Books

  • Decades: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

*Virtual Reference Library - Gale Cengage
Example Titles:

  • History in Dispute , Vol. 2 : American Social and Political Movements, 1945-2000: Pursuit of Liberty,  2000
  • Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell Bottoms
  • *American Decades: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • American Decades: Primary Sources, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
Online Resources-
History Database Subscriptions

Username: _________________

Password: __________________


1) *U.S. History In Context  (Article aggregator)                                                                                                             

2) Issues and Controversies in American History  (Reference)

3) Pop Culture Universe  (Reference) (2000s)


*NBC Archives on Demand
Please see registration instructions to access this site.

NVRHSOT's Registration Code: __________


4) EBSCO History Reference Center (Article aggregator)


5) ABC-CLIO Social Studies Web (Search 4 databases simultaneously, including American History and United States at War -- Reference)

6) Gale Cengage (Search all Gale databases and eBooks simultaneously)

University Research Guides

*College and university librarians create pathfinders, typically called 'Research Guides,' that highlight their local resources (which you can use to develop keyword search terms) and link to a variety of useful, accessible websites (usually located at the bottom of the page) on their topics of expertise.  

Search for the Google Advanced Search page. Type your decade in the Exact Phrase box and pathfinder libguide "research guide" in the Any of These Words box.  Type .edu in the Domain box.  This does not seem to work with 2001-2010.

The 1960s in America  Rutgers University

Not That Seventies Show  Marist College

Internet Resources-
Subject Directories

September 11 & Beyond

Internet Resources-

Discovering American Women's History Online
From Middle Tennessee State University

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web
A search engine, as well as broad topical links, provide access to primary documents, images, audio files, and secondary articles that connect the user to people and places throughout U.S. History. From George Mason University. (Review ALA)

The Paley Center Collection
The Paley Center's permanent media collection contains nearly 150,000 television and radio programs and advertisements, including “A Decade Later: The Paley Center for Media Remembers September 11” and “Media's Role in the Cuban Missile Crisis.”

Internet Resources - American Decade Sites

American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century
Organized by decade through the 1990's, this guide offers a broad perspective on the twentieth century. Each decade is broken down into subjects, such as: art and architecture, music, fashion, and historic events. To further explore different subjects, there are lists of Web links which take you off site.

People's Century
Hosted by PBS. This is a companion site to the televised series on the 20th Century.
Each show is thematic following one topic, like racism or nuclear power, over several decades.
Click on "Timeline" or "Thematic Overview" to focus on your decade.
People's Century Timelines
Timeline covers 1000 through the 1990s and can be searched.

Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century

20th Century Female Fashion Facts by Decade
Essays for each decade discuss design, fabric, color, latest fads, etc..

Your Place in Time
This site looks at the interplay between people and technology. It groups people into "generations" rather than by decade.


Hyperhistory Timeline


Retro Sites
From "Teacher Oz," a portal of decade sites.

2000 - 2010

ABC End of the Decade

Time: The '00s: Goodbye (at Last) to the Decade from Hell

USA Today: Decade in Review 2000-2009

Citation Guides & Tools

Use the universal username as the "coupon code" to sign up for an account.

        Quick introduction:

Cite a book

Cite a book chapter (anthologies)

Cite a database article

Mobile apps:

Android App


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