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Gov Docs: Vietnam War, 1961-1975: Finding Books

Finding Books--SOUTHcat

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 ("missing in action")

    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (e.g. “Vietnam?” can be used for either Vietnam or Vietnamese)

    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "POW",and "Vietnam" then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "Prisoners of war--Vietnam." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)

  • Revise and refine your searches.

  • 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.


Suggested Subject search terms:

     "Vietnam War, 1961-1975"

     --Aerial operations
     --Conscientious objectors
     --Moral and ethical aspects
     --Protect movements
     --Psychological aspects
     --United States


     “College students—Political activity”
     “Draft—United States”
     “Southeast Asia—History”
     “Subversive activities-United States”
     “United States. Air Force [or other military branch]—History—Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975”
     “United States—Foreign relations—Vietnam”
     “United States—Military Policy—History—20th century”
     “Vietnam—Politics and government—1945-1975”

     "Agent Orange"
     “Pentagon Papers”

   The name of a specific battles, e.g.  “Tonkin Gulf Incidents, 1964”  or  “Easter Offensive, 1972”


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