History and Memory:

Perspectives on the Holocaust

research strategies and resources

Sarah Elichko - Social Sciences Librarian selichk1@swarthmore.edu

• Check in:  your research experience

• Context and background

• Two ways to find primary sources

• Navigating scholarly sources on your topic


Context + background //

Source types, source uses




Research tools at Swarthmore--

• Tripod - research portal for the TriCo Libraries

• Scholarly databases - find articles from scholarly journals

       e.g. JSTOR, Historical Abstracts

• Worldcat - find books owned by different libraries

       Borrow using EZBorrow or Interlibrary Loan

• build background knowledge
• understand scholarly questions and perspectives

• interpret  (primary sources)

Finding primary sources // two approaches


Browsing and searching online repositories of sources

See HIST 37 Research Guide for links to some repositories

Using Tripod to find published collections of sources
• You'll usually need to use specific subject terms to do this.



Finding primary sources // Tripod

Compare results:
Holocaust AND memory 

    Set drop-down menu to Subject


Holocaust AND memory AND  ("personal narratives" OR "oral history" OR "sources" OR "memoir")  

    Set drop-down menu to  Subject

Finding primary sources // Tripod

Holocaust, Jewish

Holocaust memorials

Holocaust survivors

World War, 1939-1945

Collective memory





Public opinion

Study and teaching

War memorials


Oral history

Personal narratives


Motion pictures

In art





Navigating scholarly sources on your topic //


Finding scholarly books - try searching Tripod using subject headings

Finding scholarly journal articles and book reviews
- Historical Abstracts

To talk about your research project and get suggestions:

Sarah's office hours // McCabe Research & Info Desk Mondays 3-5 pm, Wednesdays 1-3 pm

Email with questions, or to set up an appointment outside of office hours:  selichk1@swarthmore.edu