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Reconstruction Era Essay

Resources for Zarnesky's ECHS History Class Project

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What's in this guide?

Use the resources in this guide to find resources related to the Reconstruction Era. Make sure that you pay attention to the search tips and examples provided on each page. They will help make your research more successful. If you are having trouble finding sources for your assignment, ask a librarian for help.


  1. Wed., Sept. 6, 2023: How to Find and Keep Track of Sources
  2. Mon., Sept. 11, 2023: Citing Sources with Chicago 17th ed. Author/Date Format

Reconstruction (1865-1877)

Modfied version of a photo by Josue Aguazia on Unsplash.

Database Search Tips

  • Use QUOTE MARKS to search for an exact phrase: "Civil War"
  • Combine keywords with AND to find ALL the words: Reconstruction AND "Civil War"
  • Combine keywords with OR to find EITHER of the words: south OR southern
  • Put OR phrases in PARENTHESES: (south OR southern) AND Reconstruction

Off-Campus Access

Paw: Indicates that a password is needed to access the resource from off campus.The username and password to access databases from off campus is similar to what you use to access the PCC campus portal (myPittCC) and Moodle. For the username, use the first part of your myPittCC email address only. DO NOT include The password is exactly the same as what you use to log in to the campus portal. Generic logins are available to community residents with PCC library cards, and others who are enrolled in or are affiliated with PCC programs and continuing education courses.