James H. Thomason Library

History 4001:

Twentieth Century Europe

Background Information Sources

       .        Signed, Boardman Robinson, 1919

[Political cartoon that depicts the drafting of the League of Nations]

  Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
  Handbooks & Companions
  Reference Databases

Biographical Sources

  Writing Guides
Locating Books
  PASCAL Delivers
  WorldCat & I.L.L.
Locating Articles
  Journal Article Databases
  Journal Finder
Web Resources
  Primary & Secondary Sources
Get Help

denotes recommended resource

Background Information Sources    
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries   back to top

The Blackwell Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Social Thought. William Outhwaite, Tom Bottomore, editors. Blackwell, 1993.

Main Level, Reference: R 300.3 B568B

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 Russian History.  James R. Millar, editor.  Macmillan Reference, 2004.

Main Level, Reference:  R 947.003 En19E2  [4 vols]

An Encyclopedia of World History; Ancient, Medieval, and Modern, Chronologically Arranged. Compiled and edited by William L. Langer. Houghton Mifflin Pub., 1972. 5th ed., rev.  

Main Level, Reference: R 909.002 L262E

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

Main Level, Reference: R 903 H629H

The Hutchinson Dictionary of World History.  ABC-CLIO, c1993.  

Main Level, Reference: R 903 H971H

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]

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas Maryanne Cline Horowitz, editor in chief. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. [ebook via Gale Virtual Reference Library]

One Europe, Many Nations: A Historical Dictionary of European National Groups. James B. Minahan. Greenwood Press, 2000. 
Main Level, Reference: R 940.03 M664O 

Twentieth-Century Britain: An Encyclopedia. F.M. Leventhal, editor. Garland Pub., 1995.

Main Level, Reference:  R 941.082 T918T

Handbooks, Companions, Chronologies   back to top

The Companion to British History [CREDO Reference].  Charles Arnold-Baker. Routledge Pub., 2001. 

The Oxford Companion to British History [Oxford Reference Online].  John Cannon, editor.  Oxford University Press, 2003.  

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

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

Reference Databases   back to top

World History in Context [Gale]
Full-text database providing a broad collection of full-text periodicals, reference works, primary documents, and scholarly analysis.

Biographical Sources   back to top

Biography in Context [Gale]
Contains 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals. Includes biographical articles from reference books and periodicals as well as multimedia content.

World Leaders of the Twentieth Century. Salem Press, 2000. EBSCO eBook Academic Collection.

Biographical Dictionary of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century.

Wojciech Roszkowski and Jan Kofman. M.E. Sharpe, 2008. EBSCO eBook Academic Collection.


Writing Guides   back to top

Humanities: Documenting Sources
[Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

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


Locating Books back to top

Use the online catalog, THOMCAT, 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:              

  Mussolini, Benito [as AUTHOR]                 

    Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945  [as SUBJECT]              
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to biology:


  Europe -- History  
  Europe -- History -- 20th century  
  Europe -- Social conditions -- 20th century  
  Europe -- Politics and government -- 20th century  
  Great Britain -- History -- 20th century  
  France -- History -- Third Republic, 1870-1940  
  France -- History -- 20th century  

Germany -- History -- 1871-1918

  Germany -- History -- 1848-1870
  Germany -- History -- 1789-1900  
  Germany -- Politics and government -- 1789-1900  
  Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)  
  Spain -- History -- 1939-1975  
  Franco, Francisco, 1892-1975  
  Italy -- Foreign relations -- 1922-1945  
  Yugoslavia -- Politics and government -- 1992-  
  History, Modern -- 20th century  
  Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953  
  Political purges -- Soviet Union  
  World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes  

World War 1939 1945 Causes


World War 1939 1945 Campaigns Western Front


World War 1939 1945 Diplomatic 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:
europ* = europe, european, europeans, europa, etc.

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
Europe*AND history
  Germany AND industr*

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

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

Stalin AND
purge* OR Moscow trials)

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


eBooks back to top


EBSCO eBook Collections

Includes combined contents of the EBSCO eBook Collection and the EBSCO eBook Academic Collection. Over 100,000 full-text ebooks covering a variety of disciplines.

ebrary eBook Collection 
Over 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

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.  Search using keywords or phrases dealing with your topic.

Click here for search tips.

Archive of journals including the Arts & Sciences, as well as Ecology and Botany Collection (most recent three years issues not available in this archive)
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.

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.

Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, which will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.


Web Resources  
Primary & Secondary Sources back to top

British History Online

British History Online is a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History

Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations compiled by BYU Libraries.


Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage.

Internet Modern History Sourceook: Eastern Europe Since 1945

The Internet Modern History Sourcebook is one of a series of history primary sourcebooks. This series focuses on the political, social, and economic conditions of Eastern European countries, such as the Soviet Union/Russia, Albania, Hungary, Yukoslavia, and Romania, in the late twentieth century.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: War, Conflict, & Progress

The Internet Modern History Sourcebook is one of a series of history primary sourcebooks.  This series focuses on war and conflict in twentieth-century Europe and the consequent political, social, and economic changes.

In the First Person

In the First Person is a free, high quality, professionally published, in-depth index of close to 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world.

German History in Documents and Images

German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) is a comprehensive collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present.


Get Help   back to top
Stop by the
Reference Desk

Sara Rowe 833-8313
Dan Lee 833-8437


Hours: 8.30 am - 10 pm for research questions & assistance. Personal appointments/research consultations also available.
Copyright © 2008 by Presbyterian College • 503 South Broad Street • Clinton, South Carolina 29325 • 1-864-833-2820