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
Identifies General Henry A. Wise
Gathering Your Information
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
One of the records received from National Archives
Book about Marines