Digital Cold War Resources

HST 390: International Relations

March 24, 2015

Locating Primary Sources on the Web

  • Use unique, specific terms

  • Use quotation marks for exact phrases

  • Don't use common words and punctuation

  • Customize your search

    • The minus operator (-): Eliminates results with phrase specified

    • The plus operator (+):  Eliminate stop words by using (+) instead of "and" 

    • The tilde operator (~): Return results that use synonyms

  • ​Utilize faceting*

What Is Faceting?

"Faceted search is the dynamic clustering of items or search results into categories that let users drill into search results (or even skip searching entirely) by any value in any field."

Digital Public Library of America

Library Guides

Cultural Heritage Databases

  • University Libraries

  • Museums

  • Special Public Libraries

  • Government Agencies

Google Results

Determining trustworthy sites on the web

  • Who is responsible for the website?
    • Contact info, an "About" page, credentials
  • Is there a clear purpose or reason for the site?
    • Who sponsors the page? What is the agenda?
  • Determine the origin of the primary source
    • Does the site give metadata vouching for the item's authenticity? 
  • What do others say about the web site?
    • Has it been reviewed elsewhere on the web?


  • Your citations should include as much of the following information as possible

    • Author and/or editor names (if available)

    • Title of the website, project, or book in italics

    • Any version numbers available, including revisions, posting dates, volumes, or issue numbers.

    • Date you accessed the material.

    • URL 

Your Citation Should Look Something Like This:

Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Museo National del Prado. Web. 22 May 2006.


Klee, Paul. Twittering Machine. 1922. Museum of Modern Art, New York.The Artchive. Web. 22 May 2006.

The woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars

The Wilson Center:

Cold War International History Project


Wilson Center Digital Archive:  Cold War History

Official Government Documents

History Lab: State Department Cables


declassified Government Documents

Freedom of INformation Act Virtual Reading Room


Digital National Security Archive


Presidential Libraries

The Truman Library:

Ideological Foundations of the Cold War


LBJ Library: National Security Action Memos


Jimmy Carter Library & Museum


University Resources

Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System


Miscellaneous Projects

Parallel History Project


Sandino Rebellion


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