World War I - The Great War

This guide brings together essential collections of military history for World War I (The Great War). These include library resources, links to official military history from governments, and websites that act as portals to gather related materials.


Your assignments at university are an invitation to join a scholarly conversation by exploring topics in depth, formulating a unique research question, examining the research of others along with primary sources, building an argument, and drawing your own conclusions.  A good research topic is one that sparks your interest and allows you to ask new questions in order to find meaningful answers. This guide is intended to help you get started.

Pick a research topic

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  • Do some background reading on your topic using Wikipedia

Use dictionaries, atlases or handbooks to find overviews of your topic











  • World War I: encyclopedia, vols 1-5, D510.W67 2005, Floor 5
  • Diplomatic documents relating to the outbreak of the European War, D505.S4 1916, Floor 5
  • World War I: an illustrated history, D521.D17 1971, Floor 5

Consult specialized databases to find academic journal articles on your topic



Content last updated: June 2, 2020