Military Records — Getting Started, part 2

Finding Information about Wars

Books provide context and explanations for events and words.

Tips for subject searches

1. Subject terms (“Subject Headings”) used in Library catalogs change.

  • Current: World War, 1914-1918
  • Previous: European War, 1914-1918
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • Great War, 1914-1918
  • World War I, 1914-1918
  • World War One, 1914-1918
  • WW I (World War, 1914-1918)
  • WWI (World War, 1914-1918)

2. Subject Headings follow a logical pattern. See Subject Terms for Finding Books on Wars.

3. Keyword searches may help you identify difficult subject headings, such as those for regiments (Regimental histories).

Subject heading examples

  • United States. Army. Minnesota Infantry Regiment, 3rd (1861-1865)
  • Confederate States of America. — Army. — North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 37th
  • United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Regimental histories
  • United States. Marine Corps. Regiment, 5th. Battalion, 2nd. F Company

4. People can be subjects. Type last name first, then first name: Wise, Henry A

Library catalog search: subject: Wise, Henry A.


Edgar Miller, confederate soldier

Service Information: Edgar Miller

Service Information: Edgar Miller

Identifies General Henry A. Wise

Gathering Your Information

Military records

Primary resources

Newspaper articles, diaries, letters, etc.

See also: Personal narratives

Everyday life sources

Subject search example: United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Personal narratives

The Civil War Notebook of Daniel Chisholm: A Chronicle of Daily Life in the Union Army, 1864-1865. Morris Library E601 .C47 1989

Title search example: daily life in

Daily life in Colonial New England. Morris Library F7 .J59 2002

Putting It All Together

Shoe box with personal items about Frederick Riehl Mitcheson

mitcheson photo

Mitcheson pension letter

Mitcheson diary

One of the records received from National Archives


Military History

Book about Marines

A Marine Tells It to You

A Marine Tells It to You

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