James H. Thomason Library

History 3414

Germany - The Restless Nation

Background Information Sources


The Proclamation of the Bavarian Republic (November 8, 1918)

The Proclamation of the Bavarian Republic

November 8, 1918

  Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
  Handbooks & Companions

Biographical Sources

  Writing Guides
Locating Books
  PASCAL Delivers
  WorldCat & I.L.L.
Locating Articles
  Journal Article Databases
  Journal Finder
Web Sites
  Primary Documents & Images
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Background Information Sources    
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries   back to top

Dictionary of German History, 1806-1945.  Wilfried Fest.   St. Martin's Press, 1978.  

Main Level, Reference:  R 943.0703 F426D

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 European Social History from 1350 to 2000. Peter N. Stearns, editor-in-chief   Scribner, c2001.   6 volumes.   

Main Level, Reference: R 306.094 En19E  
v. 1. Methods and theoretical approaches -- The periods of social history -- Regions, nations, and peoples -- Europe and the world -- v. 2. Processes of social change -- Population and geography -- Cities and urbanization -- Rural life -- State and society -- v. 3. Social structure -- Social protest -- Deviance, crime, and social control -- Social problems and social reform -- v. 4. Gender -- The family and age groups -- Sexuality -- Body and mind -- Work -- v. 5. Culture and popular culture -- Modern recreation and leisure -- Religion -- Education and literacy -- Everyday life -- v. 6. Biographies -- Contributors -- Index

Encyclopedia of German Resistance to the Nazi Movement. Wolfgang Benz and Walter H. Pehle, editors. Continuum, 1997.

Main Level, Reference: R 943.08603 En19E

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 vols]

Historical Dictionary of European Imperialism. James S. Olson, editor. Greenwood Press, 1991.  

Main Level, Reference: R 903 H629H

Historical Dictionary of German IntelligenceJefferson Adams. Scarecrow Press, 2009.

Historical Dictionary of Germany's Weimar RepublicC. Paul Vincent. Greenwood Press, 1997.

Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People, and Culture, 1871-1990. Dieter K. Buse and Juergen C. Doerr, editors.  Garland Pub., 1998.

Main Level, Reference: R 943.08 M72M   [2 vols]

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

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

Handbooks, Companions, Chronologies   back to top

Chronology of European History, 15,000 BC to 1997.  John Powell, editor.  Salem Press, 1997.   

Main Level, Reference: R 940.02 C468C [3 vols]

German Reunification: A Reference Guide and CommentaryJonathan Osmond. Gale Reserach , 1992.

Upper Level:  943.0879 Os5G

The Oxford Companion to World War I
[Oxford Reference Online]., I.C.B. Dear, editor.   Oxford University Press, 2004.
We also have an older, print edition (1995),
Main Level, Reference: R 940.5303 Ox2O

Biographical Sources   back to top

Gale Biography in Context   [Thomson Gale]
Contains biographical information on over one million individuals from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor. The "Biographical Facts Search" allows searching for people based on one or more personal facts, such as occupation.


Writing Guides   back to top

The Chicago Manual of Style Online 16th edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
We also have copies of the print edition located in Ready Reference (behind Reference Desk) and in the Reference Collection. R 808.027 C432C

Citation Style Guides


Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

Locating Books
THOMCAT back to top

THOMCAT - 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:              

Stern, Fritz Richard           [as AUTHOR]                 

  Bismarck, Otto, Fürst von   [as SUBJECT]              
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to biology:


  Germany -- History  

Germany -- History -- 1871-1918

  Germany -- History -- 1848-1870
  Germany -- History -- Revolution, 1848-1849  
  Germany -- History -- 20th century  
  Germany -- Politics and government -- 1789-1900  
  Germany -- History -- 1918-1933   (use this for Weimar Germany)  
  Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)  
Reconstruction (1939-1951) -- Germany (East)

World War 1939 1945 Causes


Communism -- Germany -- History


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

  • Try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. 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 an asterisk * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:

german* = german, germany, germans, germanic

industr* = industry, industries, industrial, industrialization, etc.

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
German*AND history
  Frankfurt Parliament AND unifi*

Use OR between words to expand your search terms
World War II OR Second World War

"William II" OR "Wilhelm II"

When combining "AND" and "OR" terms,
group "OR" terms with parentheses:

Berlin Wall AND (German Democratic Republic OR GDR OR
East Germany)

  Frankfurt Parliament AND (unifi* OR unity OR united)

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs,
an journal databases

PASCAL Delivers back to top

PASCAL Catalog - If 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 & Interlibrary Loan back to top

WorldCat – 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 PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check 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. 

Academic Search Complete   [EBSCOhost]
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

JSTOR's collection includes 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 a few years ago. Current issues are not available in JSTOR, but may be in other databases.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Journal Finder   back to top
Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

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


Web Sites
Primary Documents and Images   back to top

Avalon Project: 19th Century Documents

The Avalon Project, run by the Yale University Law Library, is a digital library of containing documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.

Ernst Henseler, <i>Tavern Scene</i> [<i>Wirtshausszene</i>] (1877)

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: 19th Century Austria and Germany


GHDI: German History in Documents and Images

From these Ashes...Free at Last?, <i>Telegraph Journal</i> (1990)

European History Primary Documents [European University Institute]

"A joint venture between various organizations within the European University Institute...this ambitious project attempts to create a single site compiling all digitized primary sources pertaining to European history. The various sites are arranged by nation, language, period, subject, and type of source, creating an easily usable index of digitized European primary sources. The site also features a search box that allows users to search all of the sites contained in the index." description from CHOICE Reviews Online 11/2010

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