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WWI Primary and Secondary Sources: Print and Online: Research terms for Searching in Franklin Catalog and other Databases

International primary source documents in the University Pennsylvania Libraries collections and Online sites

Subject Headings for Franklin Catalog

World War, 1914-1918

This basic subject phrase can be combined with a wide range of concepts, including profession, geographical entity, individual names, and so on. Use this terms when search Franklin (Penn's library catalog), and journal databases such as JSTOR and Historical Abstracts. See the tab on this guide "Finding Secondary Sources"

Examples include:

  • Medical care -- biography
  • Nurses -- biography
  • war memorials
  • memorialization
  • collective memory
  • monuments
  • remembrances
  • representations 
  • cenotaph
  • autobiography
  • biography
  • personal narratives and add country, e.g.,  personal narratives, british ; personal narratives, Hungarian
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Women -- Canada ; Nurses -- Canada -- Biography
  • literature and the war
  • fiction
  • poetry
  • artists
  • art and the war
  • [name of artist]
  • [country of origin for the artist or artwork]
  • art, German
  • soldiers
  • Civilians
  • Civilian relief
  • Finance
  • social aspects
  • youth
  • veterans
  • citizenship
  • families
  • repatriation
  • war dead
  • Refugees

Sample keyword searches for Franklin or for finding articles in databases

Franklin Catalog: When doing more complex (Boolean) searches, always use "Keyword Expert"

search example: nurs* AND "world war 1914-1918" and (bio* or auto*)

Searching in Historical Abstracts/America: History and Life--search both at one time

search on memorial or monument or commem* in historical abstracts america:history and life

(memorial or commem* or monument) and ("world war I" or "first world war" or "great war")

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