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HY 442: Research Seminar in European History - Dictators and Dictatorships: Books


To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.

  • Catalog tips and tricks:
    • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("social condition?")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (dictator? would find dictators or dictatorship)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for europe? dictator?, then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject terms could be "Europe --Politics and government --1918-1945." or "Dictators." or "Germany --Politics and government --1933-1945."  Click the subject heading to find more records with the subject.
  • Revise and refine your searches. Combine words or phrases.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

Some selected search terms:



[country] and (history or historiography)

[country] "politics and government"

dictator? [country]

fascis? [country]

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Searching Outside Marx Library

To find items on  your topic that are not within the USA Libraries' collection, try Worldcat and Google Books. If you find something useful, we may be able to get it for you from another library via interlibrary loan.