Practice of History: The First World War

The First World War

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HST 290

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Credo Reference - World War I

is a collection of reference articles related to World War I.

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World War I Subject Headings

Browse these subject headings and sub-headings, which you can click-on to view books in our library collection.  You'll also want to do a keyword search to find appropriate headings for your specific topic.

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Datasets, Maps & Imagery

World War I Posters from the Elisabeth Ball Collection

World War I Posters from the Elisabeth Ball Collection

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Historical Statistics of the United States

This five-volume reference work reflects thirty years of new data and scholarship. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field.

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Contains more than 1,200 law and law-related periodicals. Coverage is from the first issue published for all periodicals and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers. Retrieve articles by citation, browse, or search across nearly 50 million pages of content. HeinOnline also contains many useful resources for criminology, and public and international affairs, such as the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S.

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contains law journals, Treaties & Agreements, Congressional documents, and other legal information. Use Full Text Advanced Search to see more options, including a custom date range search.

Official website for U.S. federal legislative information. Provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. Usually updated the morning after session adjourns.

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is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. It provides access to Congressional documents.
Public Papers of the Presidents

Online versions of the papers of Presidents from Ronald Reagan to the present. Print copies of presidential papers back to the Teddy Roosevelt administration are in the library's General Collection J82.

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contains online versions of the papers of Presidents from Ronald Reagan to the present. Print copies of presidential papers back to the Teddy Roosevelt administration are in the General Collection J82.


Amdocs: Documents for the Study of American History

Index of primary source documents relevant to American history. Documents dated 800-2009.

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- Browse chronologically for documents from the war period.
World War One (BBC)

Short informational videos, podcast episodes, and interactive journey centered around the events of WWI.

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Documents of World War I

Index of external links to mostly primary sources. Sorted chronologically.

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Erste Weltkrieg (The First World War)

Site provides information on the war, politics, art, industry, propaganda, and daily life in WWI Germany. Includes recordings of Kaiser Wilhelm II speeches.

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Provides a collection of primary source documents, audio, photographs, music, art, and literature related to World War I.

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The Great War: 80 Years On

A BBC special report which includes audio interviews, newsreel footage, and soldiers' letters.

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Internet Modern History Sourcebook: World War I

Resource provides access to documents and sources on World War I, such as the origins of the war, resistance to the war, literary responses, and the aftermath.

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War Times Journal: The Great War Series

War times Journal is a free online magazine of military history and science, emphasizing eyewitness accounts and personal narratives.

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World War I Document Archive

Assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List, the list is searchable by keyword and can be browsed by year or document type.

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World War I: Trenches on the Web

Not as scholarly as other sites listed here, but still a valuable list of links to resources.

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American Memory Project

Images, videos, and presentations compiled by the U.S. Library of Congress related to American history.

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- The Library of Congress digital collections contain text, photographs, audio and video on U.S. history. Be sure to look at American Leaders' Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election and Stars and Stripes, 1918-1919.
The Great War

A PBS documentary series which draws from unpublished diaries, memoirs, and letters to recount events of WWI through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators, and American troops. The series also explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native American code talkers, and others whose participation in the war has been largely forgotten.

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Article Databases

Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) focusing on the 15th century forward, including art history, world history, military history, women's history, history of education, foreign languages and literatures, and more.

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Covers world history (excluding US & Canada) from 1450-present. Allows 6 users at a time.

Archive of selected scholarly journals in anthropology, art, art history, communication studies, criminology, ecology, economics, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, geography, geology, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, public and international affairs, religion, social work, sociology, statistics, theatre, and other humanities and social sciences.

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Full-text access to Full-text searching of an archive of over 165 history and 58 law journals. Typically excludes the latest 3-5 years of publication.

Primary Sources

- Search the Randall Library catalog (and other libraries) for history makers' names as authors. This should retrieve their memoirs, diaries and correspondence. 

- As you search subject topics in the catalog, note that the following subdivisions indicate primary source (* indicates it can be used with individuals' names,classes of persons [e.g., soldiers], and organizations) :

  • Archives *
  • Caricatures and cartoons
  • Correspondence *
  • Diaries *
  • Early works to 1800
  • Facsimilies
  • Interviews
  • Newspapers [e.g., African Americans -- Newspapers]
  • Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
  • Pamphlets
  • Personal narratives (used in relation to specific events only)
  • Photographs
  • Pictorial works
  • Songs and music
  • Sources
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.*
  • Treaties

​​- More suggestions can be found on the  "Primary Sources guide.

Below are some key compilations of official documents. 

No memoirs are listed here. To find memoirs:

  • use World War I Memories and A Subject Bibliography of the First World War (listed above in "Getting Started")
  • search personal names as authors in the catalog to find memoirs, and correspondence.  
  • search the catalog for the subject: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives.
Diplomatic Documents Relating to the Outbreak of the European War, Part 1

Full view Google Book. Part 2 is only available on Google Books in snippet view.

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New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

Resource provides searchable archive for the New York Times dating back to 1851. Contains digital reproductions of every page from every issue in downloadable PDF files.

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Covers 1851- (last 3 years not available). Via Proquest Historical Newspapers.
Times (London) Digital Archive

The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2006 makes 221 years of this highly regarded resource available for students and researchers of 19th-, 20th-, and early 21st-century history, literature, culture, business, art, art history, architecture, and more. Every complete page of every issue is full-text searchable — every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image and advertisement.

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Covers 1785-2006. Fully searchable, including headlines, articles, editorials, announcements, images and advertisements.
Readers' Guide Retrospective 1890-1982

Readers' Guide Retrospective is a database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.This resource offers a wide range of researchers access to information about history, culture, science and seminal developments across nearly a century.

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Indexes popular magazines, 1890-1982.
Archives Unbound

Presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. Collections are chosen for Archives Unbound based on requests from scholars, archivists, and students.

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Contains digital collections on a wide range of topics. The collection "International Women's Periodicals, 1786-1933: Social & Political Issues" may be useful for this course.
ARTstor Digital Library

The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 2.5+ million digital images in the arts, art history, architecture, anthropology, history, humanities, foreign languages and literatures, religion, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.

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Registered users can download individual images from the ARTstor Digital Library so remember to register for a free user account. The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences
EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History

Resource for documents related to Western European history including many primary historical documents. Documents are transcribed or translated if needed.

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Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.
UK Cabinet Papers 1915-1982

UK Cabinet Papers 1915-1982

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Searchable collection of resources works with thousands of European archives, libraries, and museums to provide to users access This website gives you access to millions of books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for.

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Searching Beyond Randall Library

is a guide to searching beyond Randall Library for hard-to-find items.

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