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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 Campaigns France Normandy"
  • "Normandie Invasion (1944)"
  • "Normandie, Bataille de, 1944"
  • "Normandy (France) History, Military"
  • "Operation Overlord"
  • "Operation Neptune"
  • "Omaha beach"

Possible title searches:

  • "D-Day"
  • Omaha Beach
  • Normandy invasion

With keyword searches try combining

  • "1939-1945"
  • "1944"

with locations or terms such as

  • "Normandie"
  • "Normandy"

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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