Stories from Wartime Research Guide

A guide to articles, books, and other resources for researching war experiences.

Lumen vs. Prospector

Regis has a good collection of war-related books, so it’s possible that you’ll find everything you need at Regis. If you’re looking for a specific book, it’s best to start in Lumen to see if Regis owns it, then switch to Prospector by clicking on the Check Other Libraries button within the Lumen catalog. For other searches, Lumen is a much faster system (since it’s a smaller database), so start with Lumen to refine your search, then switch to Prospector to expand the number of results.

One series that’s worth a special mention is The American Experience in World War II (D 769.A2 A44 2003, 12 vols.). This is a collection of previously published articles from scholarly journals. Each volume covers a different topic, such as the home front, American diplomacy, and the role of minorities and women. The volumes may be checked out, but be mindful of your fellow scholars and return the volumes at your earliest convenience.

Lumen Classic, the Library Catalog

Use Lumen, the Regis Library catalog, to find books, electronic books, DVDs, and more.

Prospector Catalog

Use Prospector to search for and request items from Regis University or other regional libraries. When you identify an item you want in Prospector, click on the "Request this Item" link to have it sent to a Regis Colorado campus. You will need your Regis ID number to complete the request process.

Government Publications

The U.S. government has published many titles on World War II. Three particularly valuable historical series available in DML are:

  • Army Air Forces in World War II: Combat Chronology, 1941-1945 (1st Floor Gov Pubs D 301.82:C3/941-45)
  • History of the U.S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II (1st Floor Gov Pubs D 214.13: W89; 5 vols.)
  • U.S. Army in World War II (1st Floor Gov Pubs D 114.7; 76 vols.)

Though not an official government publication, the following title covers the remaining branch of the military:

  • History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II (3rd Floor Books D 773 .M6; 15 vols.)

Other Catalogs

Google Books

Google Book Search

Choosing the best search terms

Being aware of variations of terms, or of how terms have changed over time is crucial to identifying all relevant titles. The following are two examples of how one subject is described by many terms:

World War II
European War, 1939
Far East and Pacific Areas
World War, 1939-1945

National Socialism
Germany -- National Socialist Movement

Use the Library of Congress Subject Headings (5 vols., available at the Reference Desk) to identify the correct subject headings for searching in Lumen and Prospector. 

Electronic Book Collections