HIS 544: Weimar Republic and Hitler's Rise to Power


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HIS 544: Weimar Republic and Hitler's Rise to Power

  1. 1. HIS 544:Weimar Republic and Hitler’s Rise to Power – Library Research (9/7/07) Chella Vaidyanathan History, Political Science, U.S. Govt. and International Documents Librarian University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, FL
  2. 2. Basics • Style manuals and citation tools are available at http://www.library.miami.edu/research/use rguides/stylemanuals.html • To set up the interlibrary loan account, go to http://www.library.miami.edu/services/inte rlibrary/interlibrary_loan.html • Begin your search with IBISWEB, the library catalog
  3. 3. Keyword Searches • Keyword searches are the best way to get started with you research. Some examples are Weimar Republic Weimar Republic and Art Hitler and National Socialism • Choose an item/book that falls within your topic area • Then, click on the record and look at the subject terms assigned to the book • Select the subject term related to your topic to see more related resources for your research
  4. 4. Sample Subject Term Searches • Some sample subject term searches are: Germany -- History -- 1918-1933 Germany -- Foreign Relations -- 1918-1933 National Socialism National Socialism – History National Socialism – Periodicals Germany -- Politics and Government -- 1918-1933 Germany -- Politics and Government -- 1918-1933 Germany -- Politics and Government -- 1918-1933 -- Bibliography Germany – Economic Conditions – 1918-1945 Germany – Social Conditions – 1918-1933
  5. 5. Databases • Databases can be searched by using keywords that pertain to your topic of research • They can also be searched using “subject” terms • Some databases to begin your research: Historical Abstracts (1450-present) JSTOR Project Muse Scholarly Journals Online (1995-present) New York Times: Historical Newspapers Online (1851- 2000) The Times Digital Archive (1785-1985)
  6. 6. Digital Resources/Collections • There are several digital resources / collections that are available for free. Some of them are: Pre-1933 Nazi Propaganda: German Propaganda Archive (Calvin College) – http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/pre1933.htm German History in Documents and Images – http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/index.cfm Germany: World War I and Weimar Republic (Euro Docs: Brigham Young University) – http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Germany:_World_W ar_I_and_Weimar_Republic
  7. 7. Digital Resources/Collections (continued) Foreign Relations of the United States (University of Wisconsin Digital Collections) – http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/FRUS/ Volumes 1861-1958/1960 – http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/FRUS/Browse.html To begin search, click on http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/FRUS/FRUS- idx?type=browse&scope=FRUS.FRUS1 Then, scroll down and choose the volume that you would like to search.
  8. 8. Digital Resources/Collections (continued) Das Bundesarchiv: The Digital Picture Archives of the Federal Archives – http://www.bild.bundesarchiv.de/ (Here you can view some images/photos of the Weimar Republic and other historical periods) Picture Database: Topic Search – http://www.bild.bundesarchiv.de/topicsearch.php A Summons to Comradeship: World War I and II Posters & Postcards (University of Minnesota Libraries) – http://digital.lib.umn.edu/warposters/warpost.html To search the collection for posters related to the Weimar period, click on “search the collection.” Then, choose “Interwar Period (1918-1939) and conduct keyword search by “Germany.” You can also search by specific “series” or “subjects.”