Use the Libraries' ADVANCED SEARCH to find books on your topic in the WMU collection.
If you already know the title or author, use the pull-down arrow to select Title or Author.
When looking for books by topic, enter your keyword(s) into the search boxes.
SEARCH TIP: If you are using a phrase in your search, be sure and put it in quotation marks, e.g., "vietnam war"
SEARCH TIP: Use an asterisk * to pick up variant endings of a word, e.g., discrimin* will retrieve discriminate, discrimination, discriminated, etc.
The WMU Libraries uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification for its books. Because of its peculiarities, you can rarely search in just ONE place for books on your topic. Use the catalog to identify books, and if you see a pattern emerging in call numbers, then you can go browse in that area in the stacks. Most books on American history are classified in the Es and Fs, located on the second floor of Waldo Library.
Use the following subject headings to find books in WMU Library Search. Combine geographic terms and time periods with different subjects to find specific sources on your topic of interest. For example:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--China [or Cambodia, Laos, etc.]
Agent Orange--environmental aspects--Vietnam
Geographies and Time Periods:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Cambodia--History--Civil war, 1970-1975
Indochinese War, 1946-1954
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)--History
My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968
Tet Offensive, 1968
Tonkin Gulf Incidents, 1964
Mayagüez Incident, 1975
Politics and Diplomacy
Politics & government
Agent orange -- environmental aspects
Agent orange -- health aspects
Campaigns [for example: Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Campaigns--Cambodia]
Prisoners and prisons
Social and Cultural Aspects
Mass media and the war
Literature and the conflict