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All Quiet on the Western Front

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History Resources for World War I



Encyclopedias are a good place to start for almost any research assignment.  We have print Encyclopedias in the Reference Room (L2).

World Book Online  is the PUSD online encyclopedia. Its authoritative with signed articles and complete MLA citations. 


Search the library catalog for books and evaluated websites.  Login (top right corner of catalog, username=ID#, password = last name) for access to the web sites.

  • For general books about World War One, try typing the subject heading,  World War, 1914-1918,  or search with the words World War One or World War 1.


  • Another great place to start your research is with one of our World War I encyclopedias (these list WWI events in ABC order in their Index).  These encyclopedias are in the Reference room starting at call number REF 940.3.


To find a book on the shelf note availability, call number and title.  The nonfiction books are in the room closest to the quad. 


Unsure of how  to cite your book or reference book?  Take a look at the examples on our bibliography helpers.

Or try Noodletools.


First, you will need to login to the subscription databases using the username and password on the back of your ID card.



This publisher provides us with 2 history databases with excellent reference and primary source documents. 


Covers ancient history to present, includes primary sources, multimedia, journals and reference materials.  International in scope. 20th century. U.S. oriented. 

Citation example:

Carafano, James Jay. "West Point at War: Officer Attitudes and the Vietnam War 1966-72." Journal of Popular Culture 21.4 (7 June 1996): 25. History Study Center. Web. 25 Jan. 2010. <http://www.historystudycenter.com>.

Citation example:

Stoddard, Lothrop. "Should the Negro Be Encouraged to Cultural Equality?" Forum Oct. 1927: 510-519. Sirs Decades. Web. 10 May 2009. <http://decades.sirs.com>.



Try either the History Reference Center and Student Research Center.  Both have MLA citations, primary source documents and images/photos.  The History Reference Center also offers video footage.


Gale Virtual Reference Library

Good source for reference and primary source materials.  Citations information at the bottom of each article.



Includes World History, American History and World at War.  Search the databases one at a time or all at once.   Citation information available for all documents.  


Salem History

Salem Press, a book publisher has made much of it's reference books available online. Once you are at the site, click on the Remote Login tab and enter the PHS database password.  MLA citation information available.  You will need to register to send or save articles but this is a quick and easy process.


Annals of American History

All primary source documents from 1493- present.  This is a trial database from Britannica.  Login with username = poway, password = success.

Internet Resources

  •   "Every Web site in SweetSearch has been evaluated by our research experts" of librarians and teachers. 





Archduke Franz Ferdinand. 28 June 1914. UPI/Bettman Newsphotos. World Book Advanced. Web. 4 Dec. 2009. <www.worldbookonline.com>.

All About W.S.S. What They Are?...Why Should I Buy Them... 1917. National Archives and Records Administration. SIRS Decades. Web. 2 Dec. 2009. <http://decades.sirs.com/>.

The Peace Conference at Versailles. 1919. IRC.
Discovery Education. 4 December 2009.

An Aeroplane Ambulance. 1918. National Museum of Health and Medicine. Ease History. Web. 4 Dec. 2009. <http://www.easehistory.org/castream.asp?id=1>.





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