US Diplomatic History

We can't fit every resource about U.S. diplomatic history on to this list! A topic guide is just the beginning of building your bibliography.

Reference materials

This is the place to start any research project. Reference books offer short, authoritative information on every topic. These books must be used in the library. Most contain bibliographies of important books on your topic. A good first stop would be any of the standard print encyclopedias in the Beaver collection: Encyclopedia Americana, World Book or Britannica.


DeConde, Alexander. Encyclopedia of American foreign policy. 3 volumes. REF 327 En1
Gale Group. (2001). History behind the headlines : the origins of conflicts worldwide. REF 909 H62 2001
Herb, Guntram. (2008). Nations and nationalism. 3 volumes. REF 320.54 NAT
Hodge, Carl. U.S. presidents foreign policy. REF 973.09 US


Britannica Online Great for pre-search and primary sources, including speeches, essays, biographies, editorials and photos
Gale Virtual Reference Library
General Reference Center Gold
Routledge Reference Resources


Biographies can be found at 921, listed alphabetically by the subject's last name (for example, a biography of Harry Truman would carry the call number: 921 Truman).

Kinzer, Stephen. Overthrow: America's century of regime change from Hawaii to Iraq. 327.73009 KINZER 384 pages.
Schlesinger, Arthur M. The election of 1948 and the administration of Harry S. Truman. 973.918 E12 2003 128 pages.
Whitelaw, Nancy. Jimmy Carter: president and peacemaker. 921 C24j Carter 2004 128 pages.


General OneFile
Expanded Academic ASAP
Student Edition
Academic OneFile
Biography Resource Center For information on famous people associated with WWII. Search by the person's last name.
History Study Center
SIRS Researcher

Internet sites

Association for Diplomatic Studies & Training has created this site with a history of American diplomacy and issues in modern American diplomacy.
U.S. Department of State Timeline with lengthy articles on events in the history of American diplomacy.

BPL: Electronic Resources

History Resource Center: U.S.. A good starting point for pre-search and fact-checking as well as more advanced searches. This site will also let you limit your searches to reference, biographies, periodicals, news, primary sources or maps and multi-media.
America: History and Life. This database indexes scholarly and popular articles on American history. You can limit your search to full text if you want articles instead of citations.

Created, 10-09