James H. Thomason Library

History 4001

World Wars in Memoirs & Movies

Background Information



    Encyclopedias--European History
    Guides & Companions

Film Encyclopedias/Dictionaries

    Selected Book Sources
Locating Books
    PASCAL Catalog
    WorldCat & I.L.L.
Locating Articles
    Journal Article Databases
    Historical Newspaper Databases
    Journal Finder
Web Sites
  Video Collections
  Primary Documents -- Diaries, Letters, etc.
  General Sites

denotes recommended resource

Background Information:  

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries -- WWI and WWII

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Dictionary of the Holocaust: Biography, Geography, and Terminology. Eric Joseph Epstein and Philip Rosen ; foreword by Henry R. Huttenbach,  Greenwood Press, 1997.  
Main Level, Reference
R 940.5318 Ep85D

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, Israel Gutman, editor in chief.  Macmillan Pub., 1990. 
Main Level, Reference
R 940.531803 En19E
[4 vols.]

The Encyclopedia of the Third Reich, Christian Zentner and Friedemann Bedürftig, eds. English translation edited by Amy Hackett. Macmillan Pub., 1991
Main Level, Reference
R 943.08603 G914E [2 vols.]

The European Powers in the First World War : An Encyclopedia. Spencer C. Tucker, editor. Garland Pub., 1996

Main Level, Reference R 940.3 Eu74E

Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present [CREDO Reference database]. Nicholas J. Cull, David Culbert, & David Welch. ABC-CLIO, 2003.

The United States in the First World War: An Encyclopedia. Anne Cipriano Venzon, editor. Garland Pub., 1995
Main Level, Reference: R 940.3 Un3U

World War II in Europe: An Encyclopedia,  David T. Zabecki, editor. Garland Pub., 1999.

Main Level, Reference: R 940.5303 W893W  [2 vols]

World War I: Encyclopedia (Cover title=The Encyclopedia of World War I: A Political, Social, and Military History). Spencer C. Tucker, editor. ABC-CLIO, c2005.

Main Level, Reference: R 940.3 W893W  

(5 volumes).

Encyclopedia of World War II: A Political, Social and Military History, Spencer C. Tucker, ed. (vols. 1-4), Priscilla Mary Roberts, ed., vol. 5.  ABC-CLIO, 2005.

Main Level, Reference: R 940.5303 En19E  [5 volumes]



Encyclopedias--- European History   back to top

Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000. Peter N. Stearns, editor-in-chief  Scribner, c2001.
Main Level, Reference:
R 306.094 En19E  [6 vols]

Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: From the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism. Richard Frucht, ed.  Garland Pub., 2000. 
Main Level, Reference
 R 947.003 En19E

Encyclopedia of Russian History.  James R. Millar, editor. Macmillan Reference, 2004.
Main Level, Reference:
 R 947.003 En19E2


Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People, and Culture, 1871-1990, Dieter K. Buse, Juergen C. Doerr, editors. Garland Pub., 1998. 
Main Level, Reference:
R 943.08 M72M  [2 vols]

Twentieth-Century Britain: An Encyclopedia. F.M. Leventhal, ed. Garland Pub., 1995.
Main Level, Reference:
R 941.082 T918T


Guides & Companions

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Reader's Companion to Military History [CREDO Reference], Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

"Covers major events and battles, commanders and theorists, weaponry and technological advances, and strategy and tactics. What makes the volume especially distinctive, however, is the range of thematic articles, covering such topics as courage, discipline, the effects of weather on warfare, military justice, surrender, the role of propaganda, the use of animals in war, the evolution of uniforms, psychological warfare, and morale." Description from CREDO.

Oxford Companion to Military History [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2001.

A complete overview of military history from classical times to the present. Includes maps.

The Oxford Companion to World War II [Oxford Reference Online]. I. C. B. Dear, general editor.  Oxford University Press, 2004.
We also have print edition, 1995:

Main Level, Reference:
R 940.5303 Ox2O

Film Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Companions   back to top

Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts. Susan Hayward.  Routledge, 2002. 
Main Level, Reference: R 791.43 H335C   
Key genres, movements, theories and production terms are explained and analyzed with depth and clarity.

Columbia Companion to American History on Film:  How the Movies have Portrayed the American Past.  Columbia University Press, 2003.

The Film Encyclopedia. Ephraim Katz. HarperPerennial, 2001.
Main Level, Reference: R 791.4303 K159F 

The Film Studies Dictionary, Steve Blandford, Barry Keith Grant, & Jim Hillier. Arnold  Press/ Oxford University Press, 2001.
Main Level, Reference: R 791.4303 B61F 

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers [Gale Virtual Reference Library], St. James Press, 2001. 
Electronic edition of four volume set giving thorough coverage of films and filmmakers, including legendary films, actors and actresses, directors, writers and other production artists. Entries include a detailed essay written by an expert; biographies; filmographies; comprehensive credits; major awards; and updated bibliographies, as well as photographs. For general and professional audiences.

Legacy of the Somme 1916: The Battle in Fact, Film, and Fiction. Gerald Gliddon. Sutton Publishing 1996.

Main Level, Reference:  R 940.3 G493L

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
, Knopf, 2003. 
Main Level, Reference: R 791.430922 T382B 

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film, Schirmer Reference, 2007.

Main Level, Reference: R 791.4303 G767S [4 vols]

Atlases & Maps   back to top

Atlas of World War I. Martin Gilbert; cartography by Arthur Banks. Dorset Press, 1984. 

Main Level, Atlas Case: ATLAS 912.4 G767A

The Times Atlas of the Second World War. John Keegan, ed.  Harper & Row, 1989.  

Main Level, Atlas Case: ATLAS 911 T482T2

Provides hundreds of maps, charts, and commentaries, as well as timelines.

World War II Military Situation Maps, 1944-1945 [Library of Congress]

"The World War II Military Situation Maps contains maps showing troop positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945.  Starting with the D-Day Invasion, the maps give daily details on the military campaigns in Western Europe, showing the progress of the Allied Forces as they push towards Germany. Some of the sheets are accompanied by a declassified "G-3 Report" giving detailed information on troop positions for the period 3 Mar. 1945-26 July 1945. These maps and reports were used by the commanders of the United States forces in their evaluation of the campaigns and for planning future strategies.The collection consists of 416 printed maps and 115 reports, the originals of which reside in the Library of Congress' Geography and Map Division."  

Selected Book Sources back to top

British War Films, 1939-1945:  The Cinema and the Services.  S. P. MacKenzie.  Hambledon and London, 2001.

Death Dealer:  The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz. Rudolph Hoss. Prometheus Books, 1992.

Upper Level:  940.54174386 H794K

Film Front Weimar:  Representations of the First World War in German Films of the Weimar Period.  Bernadette Kester.  Amsterdam University Press, 2003. 

Imag(in)ing the War in Japan:  Representing and Responding to Trauma in Postwar Literature and Film.  Brill, 2010.

In the Neighboorhood of Zero:  A World War II Memoir.  William Spanos. University of Nebraska Press, 2010.  

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Media, Memory, and the First World War.  David Williams.  McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009.

Projections of War: Hollywood, American Culture, and World War II. Thomas Doherty.  Columbia University Press, 1993.

Upper Level:  791.43658 D68

Reel Patriotism:  The Movies and World War I.  Leslie Midkiff DeBauche. University of Wisconsin Press, 1997. 

Upper Level:  791.43658 D35R

Why We Fought: American's Wars in Film and History.  University of Kentucky Press, 2008.

The World War II Combat Film:  Anatomy of a Genre.  Jeanine Basinger.  Columbia University Press, 1986.

Upper Level:  791.43658 B292W

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Locating Books  
THOMCAT   back to top

Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Graves, Robert   [as AUTHOR]

Graves, Robert    [as SUBJECT]
  Hitler Adolf 1889 1945 [as SUBJECT]  
  Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945  [as AUTHOR]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to the World War II in Europe.

War films


War films -- History and criticism


World War, 1914-1918 -- Drama


World War, 1939-1945 -- Drama


World War, 1939-1945 -- Motion pictures and the war -- Drama


World War, 1939-1945 -- Motion pictures and the war

World War 1939 1945 -- Motion Pictures And The War (PASCAL catalog )  
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives  
  World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American  
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, German  
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Russian  
Soldiers -- Germany -- Diaries  
World War, 1914-1918 -- Biography
  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives  
  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American  
  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, German  
  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Italian  
  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Japanese  
  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Polish  

World War 1939 1945 Campaigns

  World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France  
  World War 1939 1945 France  

World War 1939 1945 Campaigns Poland


World War 1939 1945 Campaigns Western


World War 1939 1945 Campaigns Western Front


World War 1939 1945 Collaborationists France


World War 1939 1945 Great Britain

  World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda  

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips


Add * to the root of a word to truncate and expand
a term:

film* = film, films, filmed,


Use "quotation marks" around a phrase

to search for the exact phrase

"world war i"

"first world war"
· Use AND between words to narrow your search.

Search results must contain both terms or phrases
"world war i" AND

"world war ii" AND films  


· Use OR between synonyms/related terms to

expand your search
"world war ii" OR second world war

Vichy France OR Vichy Regime

film* OR cinema

memoir* OR personal narratives OR diaries

Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, other library catalogs & library journal databases


PASCAL Catalog   back to top

When you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC.

Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days.

This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat & I.L.L.   back to top


A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCAL Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan .
You need to use Interlibrary Loan when...

        •  a book you really need is not available at PC or through PASCAL Delivers

        • an article you need is not available at PC [you've checked Journal Finder to verify

            that we do not have access to this journal].


Interlibrary Loan is another option available to PC students, faculty and staff. Click link for instructions.

Locating Articles  
Journal Article Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  When passworded from off campus locations, supply your PC e-mail account username [i.e. tinman] and password. Search databases using terms dealing with your topic.

Academic Search Complete  [EBSCOhost] 
Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics. JSTOR is a journal archive with complete runs of journals up to three years ago. Current issues are not available in JSTOR, but may be in other databases.

Project Muse

Contains current and recent volumes of 111 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Historical  Newspaper Databases    back to top

The New York Times Archive (ProQuest)

Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago.

Times (London) Digital Archive 1785-2006

An online archive of every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image and advertisement published in The Times (London) from 1785 until 2006

The Atlanta Constitution Archive (ProQuest). 

Full-text & full-image articles from 1868-1945

Journal Finder   back to top


Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper article you need. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full text if available.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the group of database results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Web Sites   back to top
Video Collections   back to top

American History in Video  (Thomason Library subscribes to this resource)

American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. This release now provides 5,741 titles, equaling approximately 1450 hours. (from web page description)

 Primary Documents -- Diaries, Letters, etc.   back to top

War-Diary.com: The Archive of War Diaries Online.

World War I, Trenches on the Web: An Internet History of The Great War

"These pages contain information on the people, places, and events that comprised one of the worst calamities of modern history. Entire kingdoms were to vanish in the clash. The map makers of the world would be busy indeed!" (description from web page).

The World War I Document Archive
This archive of primary documents from World War One has been assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L). International in focus, the archive intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War. (from web page).

Includes section Diaries, Memorials, Personal Reminiscences

World War I Letters Home from the War

World War II Documents. The Avalon Project. Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library

Bee Mail Letters:  Their Words [Presbyterian College Archives, Thomason Library, Clinton, SC]

Original copies of over 2,200 letters written by over 500 servicemen, can be found in the Presbyterian College Archives. Click Their Words above to view .pdf copies of letters from eleven PC servicemen.

General Sites   back to top

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School : the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials

The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, & Diplomacy

The Battle of Britain History Site

Diplomatic Documents (1938-1939) (Also known as The French Yellow Book).

Documents of World War II

“Primary source documents. Included are speeches, memoranda, telegrams, and official government statements.”

FirstWorldWar.com: A Multimedia History of World War One

German History Documents and Images (GDHI  Nazi Germany (1933-1945)  
"German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) is a comprehensive collection of original historical materials documenting German history from the beginning of the early modern period to the present. The project comprises ten sections, each of which addresses a discrete period in Germany's history." (from website)

HyperWar: A Hypertext History of the Second World War 

Nazi-Soviet Relations, 1939-1941
Documents from the Archives of the German Foreign Office.

The World at War, History of WW 1939-1945

Timelines/Chronologies   back to top

The History Place: World War II in Europe

The World at War: Chronology of World War II Diplomacy 1939 - 1945, by Richard Doody.

"A Timeline of Diplomatic Ruptures, Unannounced Invasions, Declarations of War, Armistices and Surrenders."

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