Research Guide: H370 Research and Writing (Holocaust)

Library Catalogs--find books & more


MnPALS Quick Fitz Library Catalog

Search for books and audio-visual materials located in the Fitzgerald Library. Check your account for Due dates & Renewals


Dewey Call Number for Holocaust materials: 940.531 section (upper level)


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Reference Universe

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Databases and Indexes--find articles


Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,500 journals with full text for more than 4,600 publications.

1975--current | Some full text | More info


America: History & Life

Comprehensive coverage of articles from journals, book reviews, and dissertations published worldwide on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.  From pre-history to the present.  Search this database with Historical Abstracts for world coverage.

1964 --current | Abstracts & citations only | More info

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ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals. (from EBSCO )

1949--current | Some full text | More info


CPLI (Catholic Periodical and Literature Index)

Covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle and includes over 419,000 index citations of articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers

1981--current | Citations only | More info


Historical Abstracts 

Index to journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations in the area of world history. Covers topics from 1450-present and  includes over 2,100 journals published throughout the world. Search this database with America: History & Life (coverage of U.S. and Canada).

1955 --current | Citations & abstracts only | More info



Provides access to scholarly journals. Our collection (Arts & Sciences 1) includes core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. There are 21 titles specifically in the history discipline.

1800s --current | Full text


MLA International Bibliography 

Indexes journals, books, and dissertations in the fields of literature, linguistics, and folklore.

1920--current | Some full text | More info


Project MUSE

Comprehensive source for scholarly journals. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, religion, gender studies, economics, and many others.

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A collection of databases: Criminal Justice Periodicals, Dissertations & Theses, Education Journals, Music/Rilm Abstracts, Philosophy Index, Psychology Journals, NewsStand Complete (full text coverage of national and international newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal) as well as Historical Newspapers.

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All SMU Databases


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Online Journal Titles



Journals A-Z

Search an A-Z list of all journals, magazines, and newspapers in the Fitzgerald collection both online and in print. If we do not have the journal you need to access your article, you may order the article through interlibrary loan.


Online Journals Available Through St. Mary’s

  • Journal of Genocide Research
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
  • Jewish Quarterly Review
  • American Jewish History
  • Jewish Social Studies

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Reference Books of Note


Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos 1933-1945. Edited by Geoffrey Megargee. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Indiana University Press, 2009.

R940.53185 U58| 2 vols.


Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. Edited by Dinah L. Shelton.

Thomson Gale, 2005.

R304.663 E56| 3 vols.


Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. Edited by Israel Gutman. Macmillan, 1990.

R940.5318 E56| 5 vols.


Holocaust Literature. Edited by S. Lillian Kremer. Routledge, 2003.

R809.93358 H75| 2 vols.


Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies. Edited by Peter Hayes and John K. Roth. Oxford, 2010.
R940.5318 O98



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Primary Sources


Using Primary Sources

ALA guide to primary sources


Websites for finding Holocaust related primary source material


Open access repository that "is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world."

Oral Histories/Survivor interviews/accounts

“These recordings are powerful personal accounts of the Holocaust from Jewish survivors living in Britain. The interviews were selected from a much larger oral history project, the Living Memory of the Jewish Community, which recorded testimony between 1988-2000. The project was developed with the specialist advice of leading Jewish historians and complements a number of collections held by the Sound Archive on Jewish life in Britain.”


Nuremberg Trials: From the Library of Congress

“Twenty-four major political and military leaders of Nazi Germany, indicted for aggressive war, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, were brought to trial before the International Military Tribunal. More than 100 additional defendants, representing many sectors of German society, were tried before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals in a series of 12 trials known as “Subsequent Nuremberg Proceedings.” The four major publications linked below contain: the official proceedings of the trial of the major war criminals (The Blue Series), documentary evidence and guide materials from that trial (The Red Series), the official condensed record of the subsequent trials (The Green Series), and a final report on all the war crimes trials held in Nuremberg, Germany, from 1945 to 1949.”

Yad Vashem

“The Google Cultural Institute partnered with Yad Vashem, the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, to bring their collections of photographs and documents to the web. The archive contains more than 140,000 images.”

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Museum is the central repository in the United States for the study of the Holocaust and serves scholars, students, educators, genealogists, and the broader public by providing access to its collections. These collections, combined with scholarly programs, help sustain the fields of Holocaust and genocide studies and preserve the memory of this tragic history.”


reVilna: Vilnius Ghetto Project (D.H.)

“reVilna is a digital mapping project dedicated to understanding how the residents of the Ghetto lived, how the ghetto functioned -- even, given the circumstances, flourished -- how it emerged, and how, ultimately, it was liquidated. Using geographical science and technology, reVilna seeks to reimagine the Vilna Ghetto.”

German History Documents (Nazi Years)

“German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) is a comprehensive collection of original historical materials documenting German history from the beginning of the early modern period to the present. The project comprises ten sections, each of which addresses a discrete period in Germany's history.”

Labor and the Holocaust

Exhibit from NYU

“This exhibit presents a portfolio of a hundred photographs and documents from the Jewish Labor Committee Collection. The text has been adapted from an article by JLC archivist Gail Malmgreen, originally published in Labor's Heritage (October 1991). The exhibit's seven pictorial sections take the viewer on a chronological journey, from the origins of the JLC, through its anti-Nazi activity of the 1930s, to early rescue efforts and wartime assistance to the anti-Nazi Underground, and then examines three aspects of postwar aid and reconstruction. A final section offers a bibliography of resources for further study.”


Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

“The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is a collection of over 4,400 videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust. Part of Yale University's department

of Manuscripts and Archives, the archive is located at Sterling Memorial Library.”

Eurodocs from Brigham Young University Library:

National Socialism and WW II

Shoah (Holocaust)

"The links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light within the respective countries over a broad range of historical happenings (political, economic, social and cultural)."

Avalon Nuremberg Trials

Resource from Yale University contains digital documents related to law, history, and diplomacy.

Yizkor Book Project

English translations of Jewish memorial books that detail Jewish communities. (nazi germany)

“The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.”

Nuremberg Trial: Digital Document Collection

This digital collection from Harvard focuses on “the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and to the twelve trials of other accused war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT).”

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

“From its early days, YIVO has used exhibitions to bring the work of scholars and the treasures of its archives and library to the public. Since moving to its new home at the Center for Jewish History in 1999, YIVO has been able to take advantage of a new venue for displaying its collections, the John and Gwen Smart Library Gallery outside the Center's Lillian Goldman Reading Room. View samples from and read about some of YIVO's current and recent exhibitions and explore examples of artifacts from the Archives and Photographic collections by touring the online galleries listed below.”

Holocaust Rescue and Relief: Digitized Records of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee from Harvard

“To view the digital folders, click on the collection name, read the Scope and Content note, go to the Container List, and browse the folders that have been digitized. Click on the "See digital images" link to open a folder. Once you are in a folder, use the red forward and back arrows to view the contents. Image size may be adjusted as well.”

Fordham Internet Sourcebook

One of a series of history primary sourcebooks. "It is intended to serve the needs of teachers and students in college survey courses in modern European history and American history, as well as in modern Western Civilization and World Cultures."

Voices of the Holocaust by Illinois Institute of Technology

“In 1946, Dr. David P. Boder, a psychology professor from Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology, traveled to Europe to record the stories of Holocaust survivors in their own words.

Dr. David P. Boder with Armour wire recorder, Europe, 1946. Over a period of three months, he visited refugee camps in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany, carrying a wire recorder and 200 spools of steel wire, upon which he was able to record over 90 hours of first-hand testimony. These recordings represent the earliest known oral histories of the Holocaust, which are available through this online archive.”

USC Shoah Foundation

“USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action.”

Thomas J. Dodd Papers- Nuremberg Trial

Digital collection from the University of Connecticut containing materials related to the Nuremberg Trial.

University of South Florida Holocaust & Genocide Studies Oral History Projects

“The USF Libraries Oral History Program, in coordination with the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center, provide access to oral history testimonies that look to the past in order to understand the causes of mass violence, treat its effects on victims, and to help prevent future atrocities.”


German Propaganda Archive from Calvin College

“Propaganda was central to Nazi Germany. This page is a collection of English translations of National Socialist propaganda for the period 1933-1945, part of a larger site on German propaganda. The goal is to help people understand the great totalitarian systems of the twentieth century by giving them access to primary material.”

Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

"Since 1981, Dr. Sidney Bolkosky, Professor of History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has interviewed Holocaust survivors. The University's Mardigian Library has been the repository of these interviews. It has been our privilege to provide a forum for those voices, "listening ears," as one survivor notes, and the facilities to record the testimonies. As a University of distinction, the campus has demonstrated its dignity and character because of the respect it has accorded the tapes and the people who made them.”


University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

“The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) is an academic research institution dedicated to educating all sectors of society about the Holocaust and other genocides,” which contains testimonies and narratives, videos of testimonies, a virtual museum with images and links relating to Art and the Holocaust, a bibliography of related works, and more.


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Recommended Web sites


Google Scholar 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources.  Just click on "Find Full Text @SMU."

Some full text, some pay for view



Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations

“Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations is the open-access electronic journal of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations and is published by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College.” Open Access Journal




From OCLC, the largest, most comprehensive catalog of books and other materials, with records from over 55,000 libraries worldwide. Click on "full text button Find it at SMU" to order. For more information about how to obtain these items see our Interlibrary Loan page.

Bibliographic records


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