Encyclopedias, Companions & Surveys

Companion to World War I
Scholarly research reviews.

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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Cross search platform for online encyclopedias.

Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press)
Scholarly research reviews about selected topics. The collection includes among others handbooks on European history (1914-1945), modern German, Irish and Russian history, and genocide studies.

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

Ashgate Companion to Imperial Germany

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.

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 (Oxford University Press)
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 University Press)
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.

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

Falvey Library Catalog (Books & Media)
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 (FirstSearch)
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

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, 1903-1982 (EBSCO)
Use this index for books published prior to 1983.

Primary Sources

Falvey Library Catalog (Books & Media)
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.

Times (London) Digital Archive, 1785-2012 (Gale)

New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

Washington Post Historical: 1877- (ProQuest)

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

American Periodicals (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, 17th ed.
The 17th edition of the Manual is the most current. The online version includes a Citation Quick Guide with examples. The Library's website offers a short introduction and overview to the Notes and Bibliography System commonly used in the humanities.

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