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Research Materials: United States History-Civil War 1861-1865

Handouts and Research Guides used by librarians in information literacy sessions. For more help, look in the Guides by subject.

Civil War Reference Books

Most of these books can be found in the reference division, 1st floor, Watson Library. For those in other locations, this will be indicated in the box below the citation. A few of these resources will lead you to primary resources so watch for this information. This is not a complete list.


EBooks from NetLibrary require you to create a free account using a computer in the library or by contacting a reference librarian at 318-357-4574 to create an account for you. You will need to create a Username, Password, answer a security questions, provide your first and last name, and email address. You will also have to type in the characters you see on the screen.

To access ebooks from Gale Virtual Reference Center, you will need to log in using your MyNSU username and password. For faculty/staff, you will u se our email login.


The following databases contain both citations with abstracts and full text articles on the American Civil War. You can access them by going to the library webpage,, and select Database Directory on the right hand menu.  Next scroll down and select the subject, History. Use Linksource to determine if the library has access to the article in print or electronic form if the full-text is not available. You may need to use Interlibrary Loan to get the article. If you access the databases remotely, you will need to login using your MyNSU user name and password. Faculty/staff will use their email login.

Civil War Websites

When using a website or doing a Google search, remember it is up to you to determine if the information is valid or not. The ones listed below are either sponsored by a reliable entity such as Public Broadcasting Corporation or by a well-known organization or university. Still, use with care.