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HIST 3387: World War II

Get started researching topics in the history of the Second World War.


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Erin Owens
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This guide is intended to provide a starting point for researching military, political, economic, and social topics in the global history of World War II (WWII, the Second World War), including in particular the topics of the Holocaust, the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese-American confinement, and the bombing of Japan.

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

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Subject Headings

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

Below are sample subjects; click on them to jump straight into a list of books.

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.

Browse the Collection

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

E806 - E812 - [United States] Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administrations, 1933-April 12, 1945
E813 - E816 - [United States] Truman's administrations, April 12, 1945-1953

D720 - D728 - History, General, ... Period between World Wars (1919-1939)
D731 - D838 - History, General, ... World War II (1939-1945)

DD233 - DD257.4 - History of Germany, ... Revolution and Republic, 1918-
DD253 - DD256.8 - History of Germany, ... Hitler, 1933-1945. National socialism
DD256 - History of Germany, ... Period of World War II, 1939-1945
DD257 - DD257.4 - History of Germany, ... Period of Allied occupation, 1945-

DC397 - History of France, ... 1940-1946
DG571 - DG572 - History of Italy, ... 1919-1945, Fascism
DK266 - DK292 - History of Russia, ... Soviet regime, 1918-1991
DK4397 - DK4420 - History of Poland, ... 1918-1945

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

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