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History 2307: Europe Divided and United, 1939-1995   Tags: course_guide, history, world_war  

Library resources that support Holger Lowendorf's fall '08 history course, Europe Divided and United, 1939-1995
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This libguide can help you to complete the research paper for Europe Divided and United, 1939-1945. Use the guide to find background information, books, journal articles, and primary sources.

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Reference Shelf

Consult traditional reference books to explore possible research topics. Reference books help researchers contextualize their topics and in turn begin to ask the right questions. Reference books set the stage for more efficient database searching; researchers cannot elicit relevant search results if they don't know which keywords (or search terms) to use. Last but not least, scholarly reference books contain bibliographies that can lead researchers to the most respected secondary and most useful primary sources.

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A-Z of Modern Europe Since 1789 - Martin Polley
Call Number: D299 .P64 2000eb
ISBN: 041518598X
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Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000 - Peter N. Stearns, editor in chief
Call Number: HN373 .E63 2001eb
ISBN: 0684315149
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Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment - Alan Charles Kors, editor in chief.
Call Number: B802 .E533 2005eb
ISBN: 0195104307
Publication Date: 2005
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Encyclopedia of World War II - Spencer C. Tucker, editor, Priscilla Mary Roberts, editor
Call Number: D740 .E516 2005
ISBN: 1576079996
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Europe 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World - Jonathan Dewald, editor in chief
Call Number: D209 .E97 2004eb
ISBN: 068431200X
Publication Date: 2004
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Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire - edited by John Merriman and Jay Winter
Call Number: D299 .E735 2006eb
ISBN: 0684313596
Publication Date: 2006
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Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction - John Merriman and Jay Winter, editors in chief
Call Number: D424 .E94 2006eb
ISBN: 0684313650
Publication Date: 2006
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The Oxford Companion to World War II - general editor, I.C.B. Dear
Call Number: D740.O93x 1995eb
ISBN: 0198604467
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Research Paper - Compile a Bibliography (5% of your grade)

Researchers must be able to identify the most respected scholarly works on any given topic. One way to do this is simply to ask someone who knows, often your professor or a librarian. A generally more comprehensive method is to consult a published bibliography. Bibliographies range in length from whole books to "Works Cited" sections in scholarly books and journal articles to "Further Reading" sections following encyclopedia articles. For this assignment you must compile your own bibliography consisting of at least ten diversified primary and secondary sources.

In Diamond and other library catalogs the term Bibliography is used as a sub-heading in the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) field to identify bibliographical works. Enter one or more terms related to your topic into the pre-formatted text box below to retrieve bibliographies available at Temple University Libraries. Once you have found a relevant bibliography, examine it carefully for potential sources for your paper.

Research Paper - Find SECONDARY Sources

The following Temple databases index and in many cases provide full-text access to the peer-reviewed journal literature, i.e. secondary literature, of European history during the period 1939 to 1995.

Track down the full-text article, if not already available in the database, by clicking on the TULink icon:

Note: Digital archives such as JSTOR and Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) can be considered primary-source databases depending upon the researcher's purpose.

  • American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (ABSEES)
    Find bibliographic records for journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, and selected government publications that cover North American scholarship on Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former republics of the Soviet Union.
  • British Humanities Index  
    An international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities, BHI indexes 320+ internationally respected humanities journals, weekly magazines and newspapers published in the U.K. and other English-speaking countries. Covers 1962 to date.
    Covers a wide range of multilingual, multidisciplinary scholarship in the humanities (67%), social sciences (30%), and economics (3%) from 1984 to date. Strong in the humanities, with special emphasis in religion, art history, psychology, and literature.
  • Historical Abstracts  
    Provides article abstracts from journal literature on the history and culture of the world, excluding the United States and Canada, from 1450 to the present.
  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine  
    Indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations. Covers 1976 to date.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences  
    Includes nearly 2 million bibliographic references to journal articles and books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. IBSS is unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries.
  • JSTOR  
    JSTOR is the premier scholarly journal archive. The Arts and Sciences I, II, III, IV, and Complement Collections offer full-text access to more than 60 core history journals dating back in some cases to the early twentieth century.
  • PAIS International (1915-)  
    Citations to more than 553,300 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, international agency publications, microfiche, and websites. No newspapers. Covers 1915 to date.
  • Periodicals Archive Online (PAO)  
    PAO "is a major online periodical archive that makes the [full-text] backfiles of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences available electronically." PAO currently offers access to 450 journals spanning some 300 years.
  • Periodicals Index Online (PIO)  
    PIO "is an electronic index to millions of articles published in over 5,000 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. It is unique in combining a broad subject base with deep chronological coverage going back over 300 years."
  • Project MUSE  
    Project MUSE, a joint venture of the Johns Hopkins Press and Milton S. Eisenhower Library, provides full-text access to the Press's scholarly journals. Over 40 important history titles are included. Coverage begins in 1995.
  • World History Collection  
    World History Collection consists of a subset of Ebsco's Academic Search Premier database covering only the history journals. Titles include European Review of History, Central European History, and Diplomatic History.

Research Paper - Find PRIMARY Sources

The majority of primary sources remain available only in paper. Such sources can take the form of reproductions of letters and diaries published in commonly-held books, or rare manuscripts available only in a single archive. Identify primary-source documents in Diamond by looking for certain LCSH sub-headings: Sources, Personal Narratives, Pictorial Works, etc.. Examples:

Additional primary-source documents on post-war Europe can be found in these Temple databases:

  • AccessUN  
    AccessUN is a commercially published index to United Nations documents and publications. It indexes resolutions, treaties, and UN periodicals and includes some full text. Covers the years 1945 to date.
  • AP Images  
    About 800 photos per day feed into this photo archive moments after moving onto the AP's spot picture system. Over 3 million U.S. and international photos, from 1826 to present. Also includes over 60,000 graphics, charts, and timelines.
  • ARTstor  
    ARTstor is a digital library of art images, associated information, and software tools designed to enhance teaching, learning and scholarship. ARTstor contains approximately 500,000 images of art, architecture and archeology from a wide range of cultures.
  • Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe 1940-1945  
    Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940-1945, features full-text documents received in the British Foreign Office from all European states under Nazi occupation during World War II.
  • The Gerritsen Collection: Women's History Online, 1543-1945  
    This database constitutes a tremendous collection for the study of women's history around the world. While most material is pre-20th century, Gerritsen does contain documents dealing with the role of women in Europe during World War II.
  • In The First Person (FIRP)
    FIRP indexes and links to "first-person" material in selected Alexander Street Press databases including Oral History Online and the free web. It indexes oral histories, letters, diaries, autobiographies, etc.
  • Oral History Online
    This database indexes over 2,700 oral history collections in English from around the world. Click "Places" on the Homepage, followed by the plus (+) icon next to the word Europe on the resulting page. Also links to some 4,100 audio and video files.
  • London Times (1785-2006) [via Gale Times Digital Archive]  
    A searchable, full-text image archive of every page of the (London) Times from 1785 to 1985.

World War II on the Internet - Primary Source Docs

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World War II Posters

Source: World War II Poster Collection, Northwestern University Libraries


Chicago Manual of Style

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The Chicago Manual of Style - University of Chicago Staff (Editor)
Call Number: Z253 .U69 2010eb
ISBN: 0226104206
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
This is the digital analog of the well-known style guide now in its 16th edition. Historians employ this style almost exclusively, but so do researchers in many other disciplines. The Online Writing Lab of Purdue University has created an excellent short-hand guide to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.).



Manage your citations with RefWorks, a tool that allows researchers to easily import, export, search, and create automatically formatted bibliographies online. Citations found via searches in library databases such as JSTOR can be imported directly into RefWorks. No manual typing required. Bibliographies can be generated within RefWorks and then exported into Word using any of dozens of citation formats (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).




EuroDocs is an online directory of primary documents in Western European history compiled by Richard Hacken, librarian at Brigham Young University.

Highly recommended.


More Help

For more help locating primary sources see the History (Primary Sources Only) libguide.


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