Once you have some background information on your object (see the "Reference Tab" for potential sources), try searching the 5 College Catalog for relevant books. You might start by using one of the following sets of subject keywords, and then narrowing down with more specific topics:
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Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.
Historical Abstracts (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
Important scholarly encyclopedia for all aspects of Judaic studies.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.
Primary Sources Research Guide
See, especially, the section on finding primary sources in the catalog. Combining subject headings from the "Overview" of this course guide with primary source subheadings will often yield relevant results.
Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post. Use the "Date range" feature to focus on the historical period of interest.
Foreign Relations of the United States (University of Wisconsin Digital Collections)
Browse the collection for diplomatic correspondence with Germany during the Nazi era. See, for example, correspondence regarding Hitler's seizure of power.