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World War I

Library Search Strategies

To find general histories and government documents use a "guided search" in the Library Catalog (formerly MadCat). Combine the phrase World War 1914-1918 with words or phrases such as battle, campaign, or location name, naval operations, aerial operations, service branch or Congress.  For instructions on combining research terms in a "guided search," take a moment to review instructions available on the Library Catalog home page.

Unit histories, personal accounts, and other war related material may be located by conducting a "guided search" combining World War, 1914-1918 with other search terms such as regimental histories , registers , songs , personal narratives , and name of state .

The Library's holdings are so extensive that some searches may produce a pool of results too large to review. When this happens, add a second or third term or phrase to your initial search as a way to produce more limited results. For similar reasons, no one search will be comprehensive. Try variations on your initial search to see additional results.

Two major collections are particularly noteworthy when researching World War I are World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 and World War I camp newspapers. 

To find information about the World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, perform a Library Catalog "guided search" on this phrase. 

You may also use the Library Catalog to find information about camp newspaper collections. If you know the paper's title, perform a "guided search" on the title. To find information about our holdings of World War I newspapers , perform a "guided search" combining the camp name with World War I 1914-1918 Newspapers or Collection of Trench and Camp Newspapers .

How to Access Library Resources

If you plan to visit the Library, search the Library Catalog for the call numbers and locations of collections that interest you.

If you cannot visit the Library, the material you wish to use may be available through Interlibrary Loan .

If the material is not available for loan or you would like our Reference Staff to locate and photocopy pages from any resource in our collection, please visit Requesting Research Assistance for an explanation of charges before you place any order.


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