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Research Tips

One of the biggest issues with doing research on the Vietnam War is the terminology. Any of the following are used to refer to what Americans call "Vietnam:"

  • Vietnam War
  • Vietnam Conflict
  • The Second Indo-China War
  • Resistance War Against America
  • The American War

Fortunately, the Library of Congress has designated the official subject heading as Vietnam War, 1961-1975. Using that in the catalog will be most beneficial, but when searching in other venues, keep in mind the possible other terminology that is used.



Welcome to the Resource Guide for the Vietnam War

Vietnam War Memorial

This guide offers a concise, easy-to-navigate selection of library resources for exploring the Vietnam War. Sources for locating books, articles, reference information, or primary sources on any of these topics are accessible from the tabs above.


Getting Started with your Research

Some tips to get you started:

  • Understand your assignment.  What kind of information do you need?  Peer-reviewed journal articles, literary criticism, biographical information?
  • Know your deadlines.  It is so much easier to do your research early so that you will have plenty of time to write your paper.
  • Develop your topic.  Narrowing your broad idea to a specific question you want to research will save you much time and effort.
  • Brainstorm keywords.  Think about keywords related to each aspect of your topic to help in searching.

If you run into any trouble at any point in your research process, you can always Ask Us for help. 

Another advantage to starting your research early: you can schedule a consultation with a librarian. Librarians are here to help you navigate the many resources available to you, and a consultation is a great opportunity to make sure you are looking in the right places. Librarians are glad to help!

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