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HIS 401: Historical Research and Writing: Books and Films

Useful Historiography Sources

Useful Books

Reference books are useful for identifying people, places, events, dates, etc.  Many articles in reference books include a bibliography of recommended sources.  This is a small sample of the reference books that may be useful.

Searching the Library Catalog for Books and Movies

The library provides access to more than 200,000 books from a variety of sources, including print and ebooks. To find books by author, title, subject, or keyword search McGovern Library's Catalog.

Possible subject searches:

  • "World War 1939-1945"
  • "Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945"
  • "AK-47 rifle"
  • "Illegal arms transfers" etc.

With keyword searches try combining

  • "1939-1945"

with locations or terms such as

  • "Germany"
  • "Afghanistan"

Limit by publication year to see the most recently published or contemporary sources.

Limit Audience to "Not Juvenile" to locate more academic titles.

Useful Movies

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