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HIST 027: Living with Total War: Europe, 1912-1923 (SC)

History 027: Living with Total War, Europe, 1912-1923 - Spring 2017 - Weinberg

Books in the TriCo Libraries

Use Tripod to find books held by the TriCollege libraries.  You can request books from the other TriCo schools and have them delivered to Swarthmore.
In McCabe, books are shelved by the Library of Congress (LC) classification system.  A-G call numbers are on the lower level of McCabe (below the main floor).  H-K call numbers are on Level 2 (above the main floor), and L-Z call numbers are on Level 3. 
Use One Good Book to Find Others
When you've located a relevant book, there are several strategies you can use to find additional related works.
  • Search by the subject headings you find in the book's Tripod record--this will help you find other books on the same topic, classified with the same subject heading. (view example)
  • Consult the book's bibliography and use Tripod and library databases to track down some of the sources that author cited.


How to Use Subject Headings:
Sample subject headings include:

  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Civilians in war
  • Great Britain > History > George V, 1910-1936.

These subject headings are broad, but can help you identify more focused subheadings, such as "World War, 1914-1918 > Social aspects."

To search directly for a subject heading, go to Tripod and change the drop-down menu from "Keyword" to "Subject." Enclose the subject heading in double quotes and then search.

One starting place:
World War I: Documenting the First Total War of the 20th Century

A collection of citations to secondary and primary sources related to various aspects of WWI, such as art, propaganda, and religion. This website was prepared by graduate students at Yale. To actually read any of the sources they cite, use Tripod to look them up at Swarthmore. Use Interlibrary Loan to obtain sources that you can't find in the Library (try EZBorrow first, and if that fails, use Interlibrary Loan).

Books Beyond the TriCo Libraries

To find books that are not owned by the TriCo libraries, search by keywords and/or subject headings in WorldCat, and make interlibrary loan or EZ-Borrow requests.  Whenever possible, try to make your interlibrary loan requests early in the semester, to ensure that the books arrive with enough time left to write your paper.