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FTS 100: In the Face of Evil - The Life & Death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Hitler's Germany

Fall 2009
Finding Information

The library has many tools to help you conduct research on your topics. Use this guide to explore a selection of sources available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact me directly at or x7563.

Michelle Twait
Mary Solberg

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Reference Books
Reference books are an excellent place to start your research. These specialized encyclopedias provide overviews of topics, giving you both a sense of the scope of the topic and good search terms! Some reference books also have suggestions for further reading; locate these books and articles to use as sources in your paper.
  • Atlas of Nazi Germany
    Macmillan 1987
    Maps, charts, and other visually-displayed data dealing with all aspects of the Nazi regime.
    • Location(s): Ref DD 256.5 .F73354 1987
  • Encyclopedia of the Interwar Years
    New York : Facts On File 2000
    • Location(s): Ref D 727 .G745 2000
  • Encyclopedia of the Third Reich
    New York: Macmillan 1991
    A German encyclopedia translated into English. Covers people, events, organizations, treaties, ideological jargon and other topics associated with the Third Reich. Includes photographs, cartoons and pictures of propaganda posters.
    • Location(s): Ref DD256.5.G76313 1991
  • Encyclopedia of World War I
    Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio 2005
    • Location(s): Ref D510 .E53 2005 (5 vols.)
  • Encyclopedia of World War II: A Political, Social, and Military History
    Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio 2005
    These two specialized encyclopedias offer articles on a variety of topics related to the two world wars.
    • Location(s): Ref D 740 .E516 2005 (5 vols.)
  • Historical Dictionary of Germany's Weimar Republic, 1918-1933
    Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press 1997
    • Location(s): Ref DD 84 .V56 1997
  • The Holocaust Encyclopedia
    Yale University Press 2001
    Provides in-depth studies on the political, social, religious, and moral issues of the Holocaust as well as short entries identifying events, sites, and individuals. The book also has more than 250 photographs and 19 maps.
    • Location(s): Ref D 804.25 .H66 2001
  • Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People and Culture, 1871-1990
    New York: Garland 1998
    This encyclopedia covers modern German history and contains entries on politics, literature, art, religion, the media, science and society. Biographical sketches are also included.
    • Location(s): Ref DD14.M64 1998
Finding Books
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.

See also: Library of Congress Classification System

  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Articles
Search for articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • History Cooperative
    Thanks to our history department's institutional membership, this site offers acces to current volumes of journals from the American Historical Association and other collaborative organizations.
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
  • New York Times Historical (1851-4 years ago)
    The full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 4 years ago -- covering the entire publishing history of the newspaper back to the first issue. The newspaper text is fully indexed and searchable and the database also contains full-page images, including graphics. Available on the Web through ProQuest.
    1851-4 years ago
  • Project MUSE
    Project MUSE provides full text electronic access to over 100 scholarly journals in humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. Topics covered include literary theory; classics; history and cultural studies; philosophy; film, theatre and the performing arts; political science and mathematics.
Web Sites Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • Choosing a Topic
    This is sometimes the hardest part of a research assignment! This webpage offers some tips.
  • Citing Your Sources
    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Reference Desk
    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00
Contacting Michelle
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email me at or call x7563.

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