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Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Film and Video
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

For additional sources, see the History page.

Reference Sources (Background)

Oxford Reference Online: History (current, full text)
Search reference books published by Oxford University Press. Includes A Dictionary of Contemporary World History, A Dictionary of World History, A Dictionary of Political Biography, and Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages among others.

Dictionary of the First World War (1996)
Ref D 510 .P66 1996
Includes both major terms, as Eastern Front, and individual actions, leaders, weapons and events.

European Powers in the First World War: An Encyclopedia (1996)
Ref D 510 .E97 1996
Concentrates on non-US aspects of the war, companion to US in the First World War.

United States in the First World War: An Encyclopedia (1995)
Ref D 510 .U65 1995
Longer articles with bibliographies, covers domestic issues as well as military topics.

World War I (1997)
Ref D 521 .H428 1997
Divided into an overview of the war, biographies, and primary documents.

Locating Books

The Library of Congress Classification for general and European history is D; for North American history use E and F. In particular, World War I is D 501-680.

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Academic Search Complete

Dictionary of National Biography
Biographies of people associated with the British Isles, from the earliest times to 2000.
Print volumes in Ref DA 28 .O95 2004

London Times (1914-1919 on microfilm, in drawers adjacent to Reference area)
Use New York Times Index in Reference Room to locate events and dates, then browse the London Times for articles.

London Gazette Archive (selected indexing from 1665 to present, with results in PDF format.)
Official newspaper of record for UK. Portal also includes Edinburgh Gazette and Belfast Gazette.

19th Century British Library Newspapers (full text; 1800-1900)
Full-text searchable editions with page images of nearly 50 newspapers from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. In addition to articles, includes advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, editorials, etc.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Project Muse (full text; dates vary, most late-1990s to present)
This collection of fully scanned journal issues allows searching of individual articles from 250 scholarly journals.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

Making of the Modern World (full-text; 1450-1914)
Digital reproductions of over 66,000 rare primary source books and serial publications chronicling the development of the modern western world through world trade, exploration and colonization of the New World, the Industrial Revolution and the development of modern capitalism. Subject coverage includes history, political science, economics and business, women's studies, and legal and religious history. Individual publications are also in MaconCat.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film and Video

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of historical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.


World War One Document Archive (Brigham Young University)
This archive of primary documents from World War One has been assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L). International in focus, the archive intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War.

Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air (National Air and Space Museum)
World War I aviation, with pictures

Stars and Stripes (Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress)
"From February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919, by order of General John J. Pershing, the United States Army published a newspaper for its forces in France, The Stars and Stripes. This online collection includes the complete seventy-one-week run of the newspaper's World War I edition."

World War I (Department of History, U.S. Military Academy West Point)
Campaign atlases- great maps

Europeana, 1914-1918: Untold Stories & Official Histories of WWI (Europeana Foundation)
Personal histories of those involved in or affected by the war

iEvaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Popular Sources versus Scholarly Sources (R-MC)

Primary Sources versus Secondary Sources (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
Includes information and examples for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.

Citing Sources from the Web (MLA)

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