America and Vietnam

Spring 2014

Listed in: History, as HIST-459; Vanessa Walker (Section 01)

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

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources


Once you have some background information on your topic (see the "Reference" tab, or Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam WarAC Frost Reserves DS557.7 .M355 2008b), 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:

  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam  Foreign Relations  United States
  • United States  Foreign Relations  Vietnam
  • Vietnam (Republic)  Foreign Relations  United States
  • United States  Foreign Relations  Vietnam (Republic)

Sub-headings might include:

  • Art and the war
  • Atrocities
  • Campaigns
  • Diplomatic history
  • Fiction
  • Influence
  • Literature and the war
  • Missing in action
  • Motion pictures and the war
  • Peace
  • Personal narratives
  • Pictorial works
  • Poetry
  • Press coverage
  • Prisoners and prisons
  • Protest movements
  • Psychological aspects
  • Public opinion
  • Refugees
  • Social aspects
  • Songs and music
  • Sources
  • Underground movements
  • Veterans
  • Women

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

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 with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).


Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War : a political, social, and military history / Spencer C. Tucker, editor. AC Frost Reference DS557.7 .E53 1998

Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War / editor, Stanley I. Kutler. AC Frost Reference DS557.7 .E53 1996

For other reference titles, go to the "Advanced Search" in the Amherst College Catalog, select "AC Frost reference" in the "Location" drop-down menu, and search for: "Vietnam war".

Primary Sources

For general recommendations for finding primary sources (especially in a library catalog), see our "Primary Sources Research Guide". 

Alt-PressWatch (1970 to present) 
Full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.

Alternative Press Index (1969 to present) 
Covers alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

The American Presidency Project
The American Presidency Project contains the most comprehensive collection of resources pertaining to the study of the President of the United States.

CIA Freedom of Information Act Reading Room
See especially the Vietnam Collection, and the Vietnam Histories

Five Colleges Archives & Manuscript Collections
Use this for archival materials in the Five Colleges.

FBI Records - The Vault
See especially the Anti-War Movement

Foreign Relations of the United States
The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. See especially the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies, and the Guide to Sources on Vietnam, 1969-1975.

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest) 
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspaper Collection, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, Times of India, and Washington Post.

National Security Archives Electronic Briefing Books
The National Security Archive's continually growing collection of Electronic Briefing Books (EBBs) provide timely online access to critical declassified records on issues including U.S. national security, foreign policy, diplomatic and military history, intelligence policy, and much more.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1976) 
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Preceded by American State Papers.