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History: Gilded Age: Finding Books

Use UNISTAR to Find Gilded Age Topics

To identify books on the Gilded Age, do subject searches in UNISTAR using subject headings such as the following examples:

Capitalists and financiers—United States—History

Industries—United States—History

Industrialists—United States—Biography

United States—History—1865-1898

United States—History—1865-1898—Sources

United States—Politics and Government—19th century

United States—Social conditions—1865-1918

Labor movement—History

Labor Unions—United States—History—19th century

American Federation of Labor—History

Haymarket Square Riot, Chicago, Ill., 1886

Journalism—United States—History—19th century

Philanthropists—United States—Biography

Philanthropists—United States—History

Political Corruption—United States—History—19th century

Racism—United States—History—19th century

Railroads—United States—History—19th century

Science—History—19th century

Social Darwinism



Try HathiTrust for Full Text Books

Click on HathiTrust Digital Library for the full text of books from the HathiTrust consortium.

Use UNISTAR to Find Gilded Age People

Search for individuals as subjects in UNISTAR:

Edison, Thomas A.

Rockefeller, John D.

Carnegie, Andrew

Gompers, Samuel

Morgan, J. P.

Darwin, Charles

When You Can't Identify a Subject

1.   Ask a librarian to assist you in identifying additional subject headings to try.

2.   Additional books may be found by doing keyword searches in UNISTAR for terms popular at the time:

Yellow journalism


Political machine*

Boss Tweed


Chinese Exclusion Act

Settlement house*

Robber baron*

3.   Information in chapters of books may be identified by using OhioLink.

For books published during this time period but not owned by Rod Library, try Google Book Search, Project Gutenberg, or the Million Books Project.