Nazi Germany

Fall 2010

Listed in: , as EUST-54  |  History, as HIST-34; Catherine A. Epstein (Sections 01 and 02)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Michael Kasper.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

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

ABSEES: American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (1939 to present)
Index covering North American scholarship on East-Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.


Encyclopaedia Judaica
Important scholarly encyclopedia for all aspects of Judaic studies.

Encyclopedia Britannica
Standard general encyclopedia.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Scholarly surveys of all aspects of social sciences.


Print-format reference works


Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People, and Culture, 1871-1990. New York, Garland, 1998. 2 volumes.
    Short articles, many of which have very brief bibliographies, on broad and narrow subjects, people, places, events, etc. (Ref DD 14 M64 1998)

Enzyklopädie des Nationalsozialismus. Stuttgart, Klett-Cotta, 1998; 3rd ed.
    In two parts: part one has ten- to twenty-page essays on broad topics, with bibliographies; part two is made up of brief, alphabetically-arranged entries on people, places etc. (Ref DD 256.5 E59 1998)

The Simon and Schuster Encyclopedia of World War II. New York, S&S, 1978.
    Brief entries on people, places, weaponry, etc., with maps and photos; no bibliographies. (Ref D 740 S57)

U.S. Army in World War II, Special Studies: Chronology 1941-1945. Washington DC, GPO, 1960.
    Day-by-day summaries of military events. (Ref D 769 A533)

The Times Atlas of the Second World War. London, The Times, 1989.
    Detailed, full-colour maps. (Ref G 1038 T6 1989b)

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. New York, Macmillan, 1990; 4 volumes.
    Alphabetically-arranged entries on people, places, topics, etc., with some maps and photos, and very brief bibliographies. (Ref D 804.3 E53 1990)

The Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos... Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, 2009.  2 volumes.
    Over 1,000 alphabetized entries on ghettos established in Europe during the Holocaust. (Ref D 805 A2 Y33 2009)

Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000. New York, Scribner's, 2001. 6 volumes.
    An excellent collection of essays (with short bibliographies) on major topics in European social history, including historiography, periods, regions and nations, sociology, gender, religion, etc. (Ref HN 373 E63 2001)

Depending on your research topic, one or more of the following book-length bibliographies may be useful: The Nazi Era 1919-1945, A Select Bibliography... (Ref DD 256.5 K44 1982), The Third Reich, 1933-1945 (Ref DD 256.5 S576 1987), German Foreign Policy 1918-1945 (Ref DD 240 K54 1991), World War II and its Origins: A Select Annotated Bibliography of Books in English (Ref D 743 B58 1975), Bibliography on Holocaust Literature (Ref D 804.3 E32 1986 + supplement, 1990), Holocaust Literature: A Handbook of Critical, Historical, and Literary Writings (Ref D 804.3 H6475 1993), Uncertain Judgment: A Bibliography of War Crimes Trials (Ref KZ 1168 L49 1979). To locate topical bibliographies, use the SUBJECT category in the Library Catalog, guess at KEYWORD(s), and/or ask at the Reference Desk.

Web Resources


Holocaust metasite from the Institute of Historical Research in the UK.

German Propaganda Archive (mostly translated into English) from Calvin College.

Citing Sources


The Five-College Library Catalog is a good place to start library research. You can search for books, journals, and moving pictures in all Five Colleges, or you can limit the search to Amherst's holdings. All books are listed by their AUTHORS, TITLES, and SUBJECTS, and you can also search by KEYWORD.
    KEYWORD searching is not likely to yield a comprehensive list of books on any particular topic, but it's often a good way to start (use quotation marks around multi-word phrases to invoke exact-phrase searching); you can type in a common language characterization of your topic, say "Nazi Germany", then, if you browse through the resulting list, select titles related to your research interests and examine the FULL VIEW catalog record, and note which official subject headings are assigned, you can click on those and do a more thorough SUBJECT search.
    SUBJECT searching as such (i.e. 'Subject begins with') requires that you use the exact word or phrase libraries have chosen to describe your topic. The official subject headings for the topic above, for instance, include "Germany -- Politics and Government -- 1933-1945" and "National Socialism"; for works on the war, try "World War, 1939-1945"; and for books about the Holocaust, see "Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)". Be as specific as you can be, and keep in mind that most major subject headings have detailed sub-divisions, so browse through those as well. The five-volume Library of Congress Subject Headings, near the Reference Desk, is a thesaurus of official library terminology. Ask at the Reference Desk if you're not sure what words or phrases to use.

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