Nazi Germany

Fall 2013

Listed in: , as EUST-234  |  History, as HIST-234; Catherine A. Epstein (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Dunstan C. McNutt.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources


Link to assignment for 10/11/13.

Once you have some background information on your topic (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:

  • Germany History 1918-1933
  • Germany History 1933-1945
  • Germany Politics and Government 1918-1933
  • Germany Politics and Government 1933-1945
  • Gemany Social Conditions 1918-1933
  • Germany Social Conditions 1933-1945
  • Hitler, Adolf
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • National Socialism  Germany
  • World War, 1939-1945 Germany

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more 
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).


Encyclopaedia Judaica 
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.

Oxford Reference Online

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. New York: Macmillan, 1990. (AC Frost Reference / D804.3 .E53 1990)
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2009. (AC Frost Reference / D805.A2 U55 2009)
The Third Reich Sourcebook. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013. (On reserve: DD 256.5 .T5245 2013)

Primary Sources


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.

Five College Archives & Manuscripts Collection
Search over 1,500 finding aids describing the archives and manuscripts found at the Five Colleges.

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.

The Third Reich Sourcebook. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013. (On reserve: DD 256.5 .T5245 2013)