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HSS 552 - Europe 1914-1949: War and Peace: Introduction & Reference Sources

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Welcome to the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library and the History 552 OWHL Guide on Europe from 1919-1949, War and Peace.

Here are a few tips to help you get started. 

  • Where should I start?: In general, you have three options: a specific country or person (ex: France, Georges Clemenceau), an event (ex: signing the Treaty of Versailles), or an issue (ex: postwar territory). You will probably touch upon all three eventually in your research, but one of these will be your first way in.
  • Read carefully. As you read reference sources, books, journal articles, and so on, look for words that will point you in the right direction for other research (i.e. "According to Clemenceau's memoirs..." Make a note to go and find those memoirs).
  • Bibliographic Mining. Look at the bibliographies of the sources you already have. This is a great place to find additional sources that might be relevant and helpful, especially primary sources!
  • Use the Full Text Finder. If you have a journal article citation, search for the journal in the Full Text Finder to see if it is available through one of the OWHL's databases. If it isn't available, simply stop by the library and ask for helping submitting an inter-library loan (ILL) request.

Reference Databases

Reference Sources for World War I