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Using Your Library

Browsing the Shelves

Browse the shelves in the following call numbers or ask a librarian for help.

Topic Dewey Decimal Library of Congress
Oral history 907 or 940 D16.14
World War I 940.3 - 940.499 D501 - D680
World War II 940.53 - 940.5499 D731 - D838
Korean War 951.9042 DS918 - DS921.8
Vietnam War 959.7043 DS557 - DS559.9
Persian Gulf War 956.704 DS79.72

Searching the Catalog

Use these subject headings to search for books on oral history:

  • Oral History
  • Oral History Bibliography
  • Oral History Handbooks, Manuals, etc.

War Subject Heading
World War I World War, 1914-1918
World War II World War, 1939-1945
Korean War Korean War, 1950-1953
Vietnam War Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
Persian Gulf War Persian Gulf War, 1991

The terms above may be used alone or followed by the name of a specific country, state, or region, e.g., World War, 1939-1945 United States or World War, 1914-1918 North Carolina. They may also be followed by other topical and format-related terms such as those listed below.

  • Aerial operations, American (example: World War, 1914-1918 Aerial operations, American)
  • Bibliography (example: World War, 1939-1945 Bibliography)
  • Campaigns (example: Korean War, 1950-1953)
  • Causes (example: Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 Causes)
  • Maps (example: Persian Gulf War, 1991 Maps)
  • Naval operations (use the phrase by itself or followed by the name of a country or region)
  • Participation, African-American
  • Personal narratives, American
  • Pictorial works
  • Prisoners and prisons (use the phrase by itself or followed by the name of a country or region)
  • Recruiting and enlistment United States
  • Regimental histories United States (use the phrase by itself or followed by the name of a specific regiment, division, etc.)
  • Social aspects United States
  • Veterans United States
  • Women (use the phrase by itself or followed by the name of a country)
  • Women's work

Also keep in mind that you can search directly under the names of specific battles, campaigns, or ships. To locate books on specific branches of service, search under United States. Army or United States. Navy, etc. These terms, like those for the wars above, can be followed by the names of specific regiments, divisions, types of sources, ethnic and racial groups, etc. For example, United States. Army. Armored Division, 4th History or United States. Navy. Women


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