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History : Military: Books & eBooks

A research guide to primary and secondary sources for military history.

Using UW Libraries Search to Find Books

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Find eBooks

You can find eBooks in two ways:

  • Do your search and then on the results screen, filter your results by using the toolbar:
    • Choose Availability: "Available Online" and Resource Type: "eBooks"
    • And then click on the green "Apply Filters" button
  • Use the Advanced Search option
    • Change "Show Only" to "UW Libraries" and "Material Type" to "eBooks"
  • See the eBook FAQ for more information

Search Tips


  • By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic. For example: prisoners korean war history
  • By Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations. For example: "battle of adwa"
  • By Author - search for books written by a specific author. Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations. For example: "giebel christoph"

History eBook Collections

 Additional collections of eBooks can be found on eBook Collections guide. The following collections have strong history content:

Finding Books Beyond the UW

If you can't find the books you need at the UW or through our Summit partner libraries (Summit material can be found in UW Libraries Search), use the following catalogs. Books not available at the UW can be requested through Interlibrary Loan

Browsing Military History

The UW Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. Books on various wars are scattered in the call numbers for various countries.  The call number sections for the world wars and major American wars are listed below.

D501-D680 World War I Suzzallo 4
D731-D838 World War II Suzzallo 4
E201-E298 American Revolution Suzzallo 3
E461-E665 Civil War Suzzallo 3
U1-U900 Military Science Allen S. 1
V1-V995 Naval Science Allen S. 1

For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online.