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Appeasement: Great Britain in the 1930s: Introduction and Online Catalog

A guide to researching Great Britain in the 1930s. The Depression. Appeasement of Hitler. General Strike

Introduction and Online Catalog

This is a guide to reference, main stacks, microform, and online resources in the M.S.U. Libraries about Great Britain in the 1930s. It is particularly useful for political and diplomatic research.

Start from the Libraries Home Page.

Below the general search box, click on Books and Media to search for physical, paper/cloth bound books, paper copies of journals, physical media, such as DVDs or microforms, or individually cataloged electronic items.

In Books and Media, click on the down area on the right side of the form where it says "Catalog."  Choose the type of search you want to do.  In the box to the right put in your search terms.  Enter author's name either last name, first name or first name last name.  Omit initial articles in book titles; include them as they occur within the book title itself.  To search by L.C. subject heading, it may be better to use the Browse Alphabetically by Subject lower down in the list than Catalog: Subject because those results will show the surrounding subject headings, and number of hits retrieved.  After you receive your results, notice that you can filter them in various ways, by using the facets along the left side of the page. 

Advanced search allows for combination of more than one search aspect, such as author and title, or subject heading and keyword.

Below the general search box, click on E Books and Journals to search for journals in electronic form or individual electronic books that will have been received by the Library in a packageYou may need to check both Books and Media and E Books and Journals to find your electronic book.

Below are some possible Library of Congress subject headings to use in a Books and Media advanced search. If you find a book in the catalog that looks good, notice its subject headings within its full entry and try clicking on those to find more books.  The Library of Congress List of Subject Headings is in Reference at Z 695 .Z8 L524 ed. 35 2013 v. 1-6 and is also online.  You can get more subject heading ideas from the LCLSH volumes.

Another method is to consult one of the bibliographies, guides, encyclopedias, or dictionaries contained in other sections of this library guide,  read about the topic, and look up one or more of the "further reading references" given at the end of the article by author/title in the online catalog.

Great Britain--foreign relations--1910-36 or 1910-1945

Great Britain--politics and government--20th c

Great Britain--social conditions--20th c.

Great Britain--economic conditions--20th c.

Great Britain--economic conditions--1918-1945

Great Britain--history--20th c.

Great Britain--history--1910-1936 or 1910-1945

Watch for sub and sub sub-headings for bibliography, sources, archives, etc.

It is also possible to do a quick and dirty, one box keyword search of the contents of the MSU Libraries' web site, using the general search box in the middle left of the Libraries' home page.  The results will be sorted into several categories to follow up on:  articles from journals, books/media from our online catalog, e books and journals, databases, library research guides like this one, other.