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World War II

Library Search Strategies

To find general histories and government publications, use a "guided search" in the Library Catalog (formerly MadCat). Use the phrase World War 1939-1945 with 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 and personal narratives may be located by conducting a "guided search" in the Library Catalog to find specific collections. Combine the phrase World War 1939-1945 with phrases like regimental histories , registers , personal narratives and state or military unit. 

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.

The Library has many collections of military newspapers. There are three key collections that contain various editions and titles. Search the Library Catalog to locate these resources within our holdings.

  • Stars and Stripes
    The Library owns various editions that range from the Pacific edition published in San Francisco and Tokyo to the European edition published in Germany, France and Italy. 
  • Camp Newspapers .
    Carlisle Barracks, Pa. : US Army Military History Research Collection, 1933-1969. (AA Barrage to Zone One). 
  • Military Newspapers : the Collection of Walter S. and Esther Dougherty .
    Madison, Wis. : State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1982. 

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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