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Holocaust Studies

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Holocaust Studies

To many of us "The Holocaust" represents Nazi Germany over fifty years ago.  We ask, "Why should I care about that, my parents were not even alive back then?"  This is not about Ancient History!

Holocausts (Genocides) continue today. Something as simple as a Google search will produce these:

1962-1996 in Guatemala; 1965-1966 in Indonesia; 1967-1970  in Nigeria ; 1975-1979 in Cambodia; 1986-1989 in Iraq; 1994 in Rwanda: 2003-2010 in Sudan, and many more.


This guide will provide sources to help with research into the Holocaust that occurred in Nazi Germany.  There is also  information about art and literature during this period.

Catalog Search

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Hints for searching the FSU Libraries' online catalog

To search the FSU Libraries' Catalog (the catalog or inventory of e-books and physical items such as books, microform, etc. in FSU Libraries' collections) From the libraries' homepage select "Books and More" from the pull down, search menu in the top, right-hand corner” on the Libraries' homepage, or use the "Catalog Search" box above, or on any page of this guide.

To do a one-stop search in our discovery tool type your search term into the "One Search" box in the center of the Libraries' homepage.

Either method will begin with a "Basic search" which is a good way to begin if you only have a very broad subject in mind--you can narrow your searches down later on.

You can begin to narrow your searches using this method--searching by title or author (using the pull-down menu to choose the appropriate field)--but remember that the information provided using this method is not the most accurate available--for that you should use the "Advanced search" option explained below.

In any case when performing a basic search or using the "One search" box you simply type in your search terms and simply click "Search" (do not select any particular fields to search in.)

Once you get a list of sources, it is easy to focus your sources:

  • Sort again using the "Sort by" drop-down menu on the right.  For primary sources you might want to consider sorting by date (oldest first)--secondary sources consider "newest" first.
  • .Once you find the general subject  you are looking for you can check that record for more information.  For example, if you click on the "subject heading" you can find more works with that heading, or copy the heading(s) and use the "advanced search" option for that heading, or a part of that heading if the heading is too specific.  This can be done with the author for a list of their works.
  •  Click on an electronic link, if there is one, and you can view the resources or, perhaps, the table of contents.

An advanced search lets you do more specialized searches

  • You can limit the search by selecting particular search fields--title, author, subject heading, etc.

·          Using the "search begins with" (browse) button allows you to search for an exact title or author.

·         Even more exact searching options in the Catalog can be found using "Option 3" in the advanced search option.  From the library’s homepage, click on “advanced search” and scroll down to "Option 3: Search list of titles, call numbers, etc."  This option allows advanced features like:

·         Truncating with * (an asterisk  gives a word a "wildcard" telling the search to find all versions of a word--for example,  America* and you will get America, American,  Americans, Americana, etc.

= browsing lists of subject headings (in “advanced search, option 3,” you can see a list of subject headings holding a keyword.  You can’t do this in the regular catalog because searching by a subject keyword automatically brings up a list of books, rather than the headings themselves).  Select "subject" in the pull-down menu to the left of the search box to use this feature.

= searching by specific call numbers (not just Library of Congress; this is especially useful for government documents and micro materials).  Select the appropriate type of call number from the pull-down menu to the left of the search box to use this feature.

Resources, Databases, Indexes, etc.

This box contains links to databases, micro materials, videos, and other materials that are in the collection of FSU that will help with research into the Holocaust and Nazi Germany.

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