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HIST 3366: Modern European Military History


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Kristina Claunch
Library (NGL) Room 223G


This guide is meant to point the way towards key resources for beginning your research in topics related to Modern European Military History.


This guide is not comprehensive; it does not list all of the resources on this topic or in related disciplines owned by the Library or available on the Internet. This guide serves merely as a starting point for research.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Other Reference Books

What are reference books good for? A lot!

  • Verify facts (with more authority than Wikipedia)!
  • Browse contextual essays for inspiration in finding a research paper topic.
  • Read topical entries to increase your background knowledge of a topic.
  • Read essays, topical entries, and bibliographies to refine your topic into a focused research question
  • Quickly access timelines of events, maps, key primary documents, extensive bibliographies (that is, lists of key books and articles on focused topics), and more to supplement your research and help you decide what sources to read next.
  • When you're reading primary sources, use a historical dictionary to find definitions of or context for slang words or unfamiliar cultural references.

Browse the Collection

An excellent way to discover additional resources is to browse for books in relevant call number ranges.

  • D205 - D472 - Modern history, 1453--
    • D242 - D283.5 - 1601-1715. 17th century
    • D284 - D297 - 1715-1789. 18th century
    • D299 - D472 - 1789--
      • D301 - D309 - Period of the French Revolution
      • D501 - D680 - World War I (1914-1918)
      • D731 - D838 - World War II (1939-1945)
  • DA1 - DA995 - History of Great Britain (many sub-topics; see link below)
  • DC1 - DC947 - History of France (many sub-topics; see link below)
  • DD1 - DD901 - History of Germany (many sub-topics; see link below)
  • Additional areas by country; see link below

To discover the call number ranges for broader, narrower, or different subjects, consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline.

Subject Headings

Subject headings allow you to find books according to broader and narrower topics.

Below are sample subjects. To browse for different, broader, or narrower subjects, go to the library catalog and click "Exact Search." Enter a term and click "subject."

You can start browsing for a broad subject like Education, then look for more specific subjects, such as Education England History 18th century.

Once you know some subject headings, you can also just use them as keywords during an advanced search, using the subject row.





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