James H. Thomason Library

History 458 Course Guide: World War II in Europe
Background Information


Heinrich Hoffman. "Hoffman on Stairs Photographing Hitler." 1930s.   ARTstor Image Database


Encyclopedias/Dictionaries--European History

    Guides & Companions
    Atlases & Maps
Locating Books
    PASCAL Catalog
    Interlibrary Loan
Locating Articles
    Article Databases
    Journal Finder
Web Sites
  General Sites

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Background Information:    

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries -- WWII

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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]

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

Main Level, Reference: R 940.5303 W893W  [2 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]


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

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

Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present  [CREDO Reference] Nicholas J. Cull, David Culbert, David Welch [CREDO Reference] ABC-CLIO, c2003.

Encyclopedia & Dictionaries -- European History   back to top

The Concise Encyclopedia of World War II [EBSCO eBook Collection]. Cathal J. Nolan Greenwood Press, 2010

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]

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

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] / general editor, I.C.B. Dear, consultant editor, M.R.D. Foot  Oxford University Press, 2004.
We also have print edition, 1995:
Main Level, Reference: R 940.5303 Ox2O


Cassell's Peoples, Nations, Cultures
[CREDO Reference], Orion Publishing Group, 2005.
An informative guide to ethnic and cultural groups that have inhabited our planet over the past 6000 years which is presented in a simple and easy-to-follow A to Z structure based on five regions of the world.

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The Times Atlas of the Second World War. John Keegan, editor.  Harper & Row, c1989.  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."  

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:              

Weinberg Gerhard L  [as AUTHOR]

Mussolini Benito 1883 1945    [as SUBJECT]
  Hitler Adolf 1889 1945 [as SUBJECT]  
  Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945  [as AUTHOR]  
  Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965  [as SUBJECT]  
  • 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.

Dunkerque (France), Battle of, 1940  
National Socialism  
  Netherlands History German Occupation 1940 1945      
  Britain, Battle of, 1940  

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

· Use AND between words to narrow your search. Search results must contain both terms or phrases
Germany AND

Third Reich AND resistance  

· Use OR between synonyms/related terms to expand your search
World War II OR Second World War

Vichy France OR Vichy Regime

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate and expand
a term:
attack* = attack, attacks, attacked, attackers, etc.

Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, other library catalogs & library 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   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 the PASCAL Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan   back to top

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             for coverage of the date for that journal].    If not sure, ASK for HELP.


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

Locating Articles    
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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 Premier [EBSCOhost]
A large collection of active full text peer-reviewed journals, Academic Search Premier contains indexing for 8,172 publications, with full text for nearly 4,700 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Academic Search Premier contains unmatched full text coverage in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion & theology, etc.

Academic OneFile [Thomson Gale]
Journal database covering a wide range of disciplines. Includes indexing with abstracts, full-text articles and linked full-text articles.

Gale World History in Context [Thomson Gale]

A comprehensive collection of award-winning reference books, full-text articles from leading scholarly publications, an array of primary sources, and images, maps and charts which provide expansive geographic and chronologic research materials for the study of world history. From ancient Europe to Latin America and from the Far East to the Renaissance, world history curricula is supported with over 1,800 primary sources, over 27 reference titles and more than 110 journals. Results provide era, topic, and event overviews, and viewpoint essays.

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.

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.

If a journal database provides only the citation/abstract, click on the link "Check Journal Finder for full text elsewhere"  to determine if the article is available in our print collection or through a full-text database.

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    
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”

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)

Historical Documents in United States History: World War II Documents. Full text links to documents, listed chronologically. Includes such resources as The International Military Tribunal for Germany (Nurember Trials Collection) and The British War Bluebook:Documents Concerning German-Polish relations and the Outbreak of Hostilities between Great Britain and Germany on September 3, 1939.  Also includes audio files, with speeches by Hitler, Churchill, Chamberlain, and others.

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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