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The Great War in Europe

Encyclopedias, Companions & Surveys

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Cross search platform for online encyclopedias.

Europe since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction
5 volumes. Available online.

World War I: Encyclopedia
5 volumes. Print only. Maps, images, introductory essays, chronology, glossary, historiography, bibliography, and documents.

Brill's Encyclopedia of the First World War
2 volumes. Print only.

Companion to World War I

Cambridge History of the First World War
Available online.
V.1. Global War - V.2. The State - V.3. Civil Society
Each volume includes bibliographic essays.

Encyclopedia of European Social History
6 volumes. Available online.

World War I Reference Library
V.1. Almanac - V.2. Biographies - V.3. Primary Sources - V.4. Index.
Available online.

Longman Companion to the First World War

Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History
7 volumes. Available online. See vol. 4: From the Gilded Age Through the Age of Reform, 1878 to 1920.

Great War Reference
Browse Great War reference books in the online catalog.

Find inspiration for a topic by browsing the library's book collection in the catalog or on the shelves.
Most books on the Great War are shelved in Falvey West in the sections D501-D680.
Books on the Great War in the library's collection.

Biographical Dictionaries

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Signed biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2009.

American National Biography Online (Oxford)
Biographical resource on more than 18,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture.

Who Is Who in World War I

Find published biographies and autobiographies in the library's catalog with a subject or author search.

Examples:
subject search - Tirpitz, Alfred von, 1849-1930
author search - Pershing, John J., 1860-1948

Find more biographies and autobiographies with the help of WorldCat. Request books via interlibrary loan. Look for the "Borrow from another library" link.

Surveying the Critical Literature

Catalog
Books and book chapters in the Library's print collection are an important source of critical literature. Take advantage of the different search options available in the library's catalog. Start with a keyword search and use the hyper-linked subjects to further narrow your search results. Facets can also be used to limit search results. Topic, region, era, and languageare some of the available facets.
Subject search: World War 1914-1918 - Historiography
Keyword search: Ludendorff AND "total war"
Subject search: "chemical warfare" AND 1914
Subject search: "trench warfare" AND 1914


WorldCat (OCLC)
A catalog of library holdings worldwide. WorldCat will indicate any local library holdings and also offers an inter-library loan request option.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
Provides indexing of more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 as well as book reviews and dissertations.

America: History and Life (EBSCO)
A complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The E-ZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. E-ZBorrow books are provided by a local library network and tend to arrive faster than interlibrary loans.

Book Reviews

JSTOR
Great book review coverage overall,  but JSTOR does not include the last 2-8 years of most journals.

Articles & More Search
Limit search results to book reviews.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
Coverage of book reviews for older monographs is uneven. Use this as a complementary book review source.

Book Review Digest Plus (EBSCO)
Indexes book reviews for books published in or after 1983.

Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982 (EBSCO)
Use this index for books published prior to 1983.

Primary Sources

Catalog
Primary sources can be found in a wide variety of formats and resources. The catalog is a good starting point. Include keywords that describe primary sources such as correspondence, diaries or sources in the search box. Use WorldCat to find additional primary sources and request them via interlibrary loan.
Subject search: "personal narratives" AND 1914 AND American
Subject search: 1914 AND war AND sources
Keywords that describe primary sources include letters, correspondence, documents, sources, personal narratives, diaries, journals, memoirs, interviews, speeches, and addresses.
Browse selected primary sources in the catalog.

World War I Document Archive
The archive is international in focus and intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War.

The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 (Gale)
 

Historical New York Times: 1851-2009 (ProQuest)
 

Washington Post Historical: 1877-1996 (ProQuest)
 

OpinionArchives
Search the full text of America's leading journals of opinion, including Harpers Magazine, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, Scientific American, NACLA, Commonweal, American Spectator, National Review and The New York Review of Books.

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Index to more than 550 leading magazines. Use the Findit button to link to the full-text or the interlibrary loan request form.

British Periodicals Collection I (ProQuest)
More than 160 journals spanning the late 17th through early 20th centuries.

American Periodicals Series (ProQuest)
American magazines published between 1740 and ca. 1945.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set: 1817 – 1994 (Readex)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from the 15th Congress through the 103rd Congress. The collection covers a wide range of subjects ranging from the Lewis and Clarke Expedition to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

Citing your sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 16th edition of the standard style manual used by writers and editors of scholarly books and journals.
Available online and in print. For a quick introduction watch the online tutorial A Brief Introduction to the Chicago Manual of Style.
Use the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide for easy reference.

Chicago-style Citation Quick Guide
Available free online.

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jseibert Jutta Seibert
Team Leader - Academic Integration
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228
610-519-7876


Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


 


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