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HY 442: Research Seminar: Europe and World War II: 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 ("world war 1938?")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (narrativer? would find singular and plural forms of the word)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for europe? "world war?", then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject terms could be "United States--Foreign Relations--1933-1945"  or "Germany -- Economic conditions--1918-1945."  Click on the subject heading to find more records with the same 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:

  •       World War, 1939-1945
  •       "World War 1939?" "concentration camps"
  •      World War, 1939-1945--Italy
  •      "world war 1939?" "social life and customs"
  •       "world war 1939?" "economic conditions"
  •      "world war 1939?" campaigns
  •        holocaust
  •        "world war 1939?" "social aspects"
  •       stalin
  •       hitler
  •       roosevelt "world war"
  •      "world war 1939?" women
  •     "world war 1939?" prison?
  •    " world war 1939?" propaganda
  •    [country] "politics and government"

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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.