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HISTORY 390: U.S. Military History


Welcome to your guide for the course: History 390: U.S. Military History. This guide will assist you in completing your final research project and increase your skills in using library resources. If you need additional assistance, please contact me, Erin Hvizdak, the librarian for history. My contact information is on the left (email, appointment system, etc.).

Your course textbook, For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States from 1607 to 2012 has accompanying suggested bibliographies for each chapter. So, depending on what time period or war you will be focusing on in the course, these bibliographies will be incredibly useful to serve as a guide for finding resources and getting started on your research. You can find these bibliographies here:

Accessing Print and Electronic Books: COVID Edition

Print books can be obtained several ways: by coming into the library, requesting a contactless locker pick-up, or having a book mailed to you. For information on all of these options, please click on the "How Do I" link below.

Many eBooks in our collection can be accessed online from anywhere, using your WSU NetID and password. Some of these books have unlimited licenses, meaning that they may be viewed and checked out by any number of users, and some are more restricted. To read a full book offline, you must download certain software that allows you to "check it out" for a certain period of time. However, you may read the full book online without technically checking it out. In some cases, you can download a chapter or a certain percentage of the book as a PDF to keep forever. See the links below for information.

If we do not have access to a book or article, we can order it from another library for free! Please see the instructions for ordering via Summit (books) and Interlibrary Loan (books, articles, and more) in the How Do I link below, or contact me (Erin Hvizdak) with questions.

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