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HIST 231: World War II

Finding Books

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Subject Headings vs Keyword Searching

Subject headings allow you to search for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches. 

Keyword searches work best if you have multiple concepts or topics. Think of the words that best describe your topic and then connect them with the boolean operators AND OR NOT.

One strategy to find books on your topic is to use a keyword search to find relevant subjects that you can click on to find more books on the same topic.

Topic: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy was an important turning point in the war

Keyword Searching TIPS

Search Technique  

What It Does

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Searches for exact phrase

Truncation *

Searches for all forms of a word

Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)

Lets you broaden or narrow your search

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Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings or limit search to Subjects (one of the man facets).

Subject Headings

Knowing the right subject heading can help you get to information more quickly in Omni.

For example, World War II can be described using the following terms:

  • European War, 1939-1945
  • Second World War
  • World War Two
  • World War 2

You could search Omni using all those keywords. Or, you could use one subject heading to find all of the library's materials about World War II:

World war, 1939-1945

Relevant subject headings for this topic include:

Germany Heer History World War 1939
Normandy France History 20th century
Operation Overload
World war 1939-1945 Battlefields France History
World war 1939-1945 Campaigns France Normandy
World war 1939-1945 Deception
World war 1939-1945 Tank warfare

Other subject headings

World war, 1914-1918
Cold War
World politics--1945-
Nationalism Germany
National socialism
Women Nazis
World war 1939-1945 Atrocities

Standard Subdivisions

Library of Congress Subject Headings use standard subdivisions under place names (countries, states, cities and other geographic divisions) to classify works.  Here are some for history, which can be further subdivided by time period.

--economic conditions
--foreign relations
--intellectual life

--personal narratives
--politics and government
--social conditions
--social life and customs


Oxford History of Modern Europe

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E-Book Packages

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Historical reference compendium allows access to the texts of the Cambridge Histories series. Search or browse by topic. Relevant for undergraduates, graduates, lecturers and researchers.
Blackwell publishes a series of books of historiographic essays on many topics in history. They are available online through Blackwell Reference Online.

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Provides access to about 600,000 electronic books (ebooks) Prom a wide variety of publishers.
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