World War I

Welcome to the Research Guide for your course in World War I

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When beginning your research project on World War I, you will find the services of a librarian invaluable. In the PHC Library catalog, you can search a variety of resources by title, author, keyword, or phrase, linking you to journal articles, ebooks, and print books in the on-campus collection. The more specific your search terms, the more specific the results will be.  For our Distance Learning (DL) students, excerpts from print items held in the on campus library can be provided on request.

If you are accessing electronic resources from off-campus and are required to log in, use your student portal user name and password to gain access. If you have difficulty with the website or accessing any resources, please let library staff know by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu or  library@phc.edu. 

Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.

Reference Works


  • JSTOR provides access to scholarly journal articles in a wide variety of disciplines, although acquisitions are subject to a moving inclusion date with the result that most articles are 3 - 5 years old or older.  This is usually not a problem in history research, but may be a problem if more current research is needed.

  • ProQuest and Academic Search Premier have extensive collections of current articles from scholarly journal articles and newspapers. These databases are easy to navigate and allow users to limit searches to provide focused results. The sites also suggests alternative subject terms to use if a broader or narrower search is required.

  • U S History in Video provides access to a number of videos in the World War I collection both from the war and as historically accurate recreations.

Internet Resources

  • Euro Docs connects to the largest expository of online primary source documents in European history.

  • Library of Congress Guide to WWI collections including audio recordings, photographs from major newspaper coverage, copies of the military newspaper published in France, Stars and Stripes, 1918-1919 and selected major U.S. newspaper coverage.

  • British Library WWI site connects to over 5,000 articles, overviews, and primary source documents.

  • Eye Witness to History WWI collection including diaries, photographs, and video

  • BBC collection includes major and little known aspects of WWI, including its lasting impact in current conflict zones, India’s participation, war time medicine, and many other interesting topics.

  • WWI Document Archive connects to online primary source documents, including personal diaries, interviews, treaties, and more.

  • The New York Times draws on its archives to inform WWI articles.

  • Fascinating interactive WWI Timeline from the National WWI Museum

WWI in Art


You can search for articles by title, author, keyword, or phrase or you can use the following terms limiting by "Subject":

World War I, 1914-1918--United States

World War, 1914-1918--Social aspects--United States

United States--Politics and Government--1913-1920

Research Tips

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/TurabianMLA, and APA styling formats. 
  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you can click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects. Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.
  • Can't find what you need in the PHC collection? If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.
  • Research assistance is available in the library or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu

Created: Dr. David Aikman/Walker, 2014. Last update: Thornhill, 2022.

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