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American Militarism- History 476S: Getting Started

Books not @Duke

Need materials that aren't in the Duke University Libraries' collections? The Document Delivery Department  (ILL) will contact other libraries and institutions on your behalf to get the items that you need. It takes just a few minutes to become a registered ILL user. Fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form at the Document Delivery page

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General Works


Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and chronologies are all useful for background. 

Generally, these will be online or through in the Reference Collections of Lilly and Perkins.

Many useful guides are online books through the Library Catalog

Encyclopedia of American military history

E181 .E63 2003   Perkins Library  and Lilly Library Reference Collection

 Timelines of War: a chronology of warfare from 100,000 B.C. to the present

D25.A2 B76 1994   Lilly Library Reference Collection


Searching the Online Catalog

The Duke University Libraries catalog is the place to start to identify books, microforms, journals and other resources held in the Libraries' collections.

The Duke University Libraries contain a wealth of primary and secondary  materials for the researcher in U.S. history. The collections housed in the Rubenstein Special Collections Library  should not be overlooked.  One of the collecting strengths of the RBMSCL is in the area of  memoirs by people who participated in military actions.

Be sure to use the facets on the left-hand sidebar.  This will allow you to limit your search by format, language, and location, like Lilly Library.

In the collections of the libraries , primary resources take the form of published newspapers, periodicals, books, letters, diaries, and papers.  To identify these resources in the online catalog, look for the subdivisions, correspondence, interviews, sources, diaries and personal narratives. Any of these terms can be used in the keyword search mode; for example, revolutionary war correspondence.





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Carson Holloway
Librarian for Military History, History of Science and Technology, Britain, Ireland and Commonwealth

Perkins and Lilly Libraries