Search the following article databases to find scholarly articles.
- Use the *, a common truncation symbol to find variant endings of a word
Example: work* finds work, worker, workers, working, worked.
- Use quotation marks to search on an exact phrase Example: "great depression"
- Limit your search to peer-reviewed/academic journals.
- Brainstorm keywords for your searches.
- "great depression"
- "new deal"
- "world war ii"
- world war, 1939-1945
- Combine keywords in your search. Look for subject terms that you can use in a search.
- "franklin d. roosevelt" and policy
- "new deal" and (agriculture or farm*)
- "world war ii" and (homefront or "home front")
Search the Library Catalog to find books in the SMC Library
To look for books not owned by SMC, search WorldCat. Items not owned by SMC Library can be requested via your MyInterlibaryLoan account.
Use Subject Headings
Click on a Subject Heading from a record or search on one of the terms in the Subject field.
- New Deal, 1933-1939
- Depressions—1929-United States
- United States – History – 1933-1945
- Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
- United States--History--1933-1945
- United States--Social conditions--1933-1945
Find Background Information
Search print and online encyclopedias and dictionaries at SMC
American Decades, 1930-1939, 1940-1949
Reference E169.12 A419 1994 (vols. 4-5)
Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents
Reference E173 .E54 2004
Oxford Companion to World War II
Reference D740 .O94 1995
World War II: America at War, 1941-1945
Reference D743.5 .P56 1991
World War II Almanac, 1931-1945: A Political and Military Record
Reference D743.5 .G64 1981
Find Primary Sources
Primary Sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred.
1. Search the Library Catalog to find primary sources in the SMC Library. Type in keywords from your topic and any of the following terms.
- personal narratives
- description and travel
- case studies
- songs and music
2. Search Internet sites for primary sources.
Selected Digital Collections
Ad*Access (includes WWI propaganda) (Duke University Libraries)
America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945 (Library of Congress)
From the Home Front and the Front Lines (Library of Congress)http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/homefront-home.html
Voices of World War II: Experiences from the Front and at Home (University of Missouri - Kansas City)
A Guide to World War II Materials (Library of Congress)
Historic Publications from World War II (Southern Methodist University)
New Deal Document and Photo Library (Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute)
Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1928-1945
Rosie Pictures: Select Images Relating to American Women Workers During World War II (Library of Congress)
World War II Poster Collection
World War II Records (National Archives)