Research Guide: Historical Thinking Vietnam War (H250)

Library Catalogs: Find Secondary and Primary Sources

ClassicFitz MnPALS Library Catalog--search for books and audio-visual materials located in the Fitzgerald Library. Due dates | Renewals

Dewey Decimal Classification System | Library of Congress Classification System

Use Reference Universe to find your topics in our Reference Collection

Search WorldCat to locate materials not in our library. 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.


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Secondary Sources: Online Databases & Indexes

Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,000 journals with full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications. Covers all subjects. 720 journals are specifically in the field of history.

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


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


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



Access to over 500 national and international newspapers. Includes full text for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. (from ProQuest)

Some full text


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.

Some full text| More info

All SMU Data Bases
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Journals A-Z
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Primary Sources

American Memory Project: Library of Congress
Housed at the Library of Congress, the American Memory Project offers online access to a wide variety of primary resources including audio files, photographs and text.

Digital History

From the University of Houston and the Chicago Historical Society, covers all periods in U.S. history with a wide variety of primary sources.

History and Politics Out Loud
From Northwestern University, a searchable archive of politically significant audio materials.
New York Times Archives
Articles from 1851 to 1922 are available free online, as are articles from 1987 to current. For full text articles form 1923--1947 ask at the Reference Desk for an interlibrary loan. Articles from 1947 to 1986 are available on microfilm in the Reference Room. (FAQ about the Archives)
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
"Unique in their scope and richness, the prints and photographs collections today number more than 13.7 million images. These include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people."

Salem History

Provides online access to the Milestone Documents of American Leaders reference set, a compilation of primary documents from notable Americans with commentary and analysis.


Vietnam Online

Primary documents from the PBS American Experience series.

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Reference Books & Print Indexes

Reference Sources

  • Defense and security: a compendium of national armed forces and security policies Vol. 2. R355.033 D31
  • Dictionary of the Vietnam War. R 959.704 D55
  • Encyclopedia of American cultural & intellectual history Vol.1-3. R 306.0973 E56
  • Encyclopedia of American foreign policy Vol. 1-3. R327.73 E56
  • Encyclopedia of U.S. foreign relations Vol. 1-4. 327.73 E57
  • Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: a political, social, and military history Vol. 1-3. R959.7043 E56
  • Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War. R 959.704 E56
  • History in the media: film & television. R79143658 N67
  • International encyclopedia of military history Vol. 1-2. R355.009 I61
  • Revolutionary movements in world history : from 1750 to present Vol. 1-3. R 303.64 R45d
  • Southeast Asia: a historical encyclopedia, from Angkor Wat to East Timor. R 959.003 S72
  • Words of the Vietnam War. R 427 C59

Print Indexes--ask at the Reference Desk to locate

  • 19th Century Reader’s Guide R001.1 E56 1890-1899
  • Biography Index R001.1 B21 1946-Present
  • Humanities R001.1 C21 1974-Present
  • International Index to Periodicals R001.1C36 1907-1965
  • New York Times Index R001.1 A26 1940-Present
  • Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature R001.1 E31 1802-1906
  • Social Sciences R001.1 C441 1965-2007

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Vietnam Web Sites

Best of History Websites-Vietnam
Vassar College: The Wars For Vietnam: 1945 to 1975
PBS.Org-- Battlefield:Vietnam
About the Vietnam War (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)



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Documents from Governments and Organizations

GPO Access
A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free access to a wealth of important information produced by the Federal Government. Information on all three branches of government, statistical abstracts, economic indicators, the Congressional Record, Supreme Court decisions, and much more.
National Security Archive
An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.


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