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HIST 347: The Global Cold War

Professor David Tompkins - Fall 2021

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Advanced Search: mix and match

Protip: subjects are most helpful for finding BOOKS (more than articles)

Subject (contains)....

  • Countries: United States, Soviet Union, Russia, East Asia, China, Yugoslavia, Germany, Great Britain, etc.
  • Descriptive words: Cold war, World politics, Foreign relations, Diplomatic history, International relations, History Modern, Social aspects, Religious aspects, etc.

Any field (contains)...

  • Time limiters: 1945-1955, 1945-1989

Example search:

  • Subject (contains) "Cold war" United States foreign relations Soviet Union [643 results]

Use Your Secondary Literature

Read bibliographies and notes of secondary literature carefully.  Historians carefully document their sources in footnotes and bibliographies. You can get a good sense of not only specific primary sources that may allow you to explore a topic, but you can also get a general sense of the kinds of sources historians have used to research a topic.

From the secondary literature, you can identify individuals, places, institutions, and organizations important to your topic. This information will assist you in searching for primary sources in online catalogs.

Article Databases

Vetting scholarship

In order to learn how well (or poorly) received a book or article was in the field, read reviews! You can also use reviews to discover new scholarship in the field.  They can also point you at similar (or better) books or articles.

HINT: add the key words "review" or "review article" to your Catalyst search.