Research Seminar on the Holocaust

Course #: HI497C

Access to Library Resources during COVID pandemic

  • Library building remains closed
  • Books to Go is available for physical items (for those in the region)
  • Interlibrary Loan services are limited
  • Library has gained access to more than 500K ebooks through Hathitrust, and eBook Academic Collection
    • Because of COVID, the Library has purchased emergency access to digitized content for which we already own the print of in-copyright books. Because publishers want to control legitimate access, we can only "check out" one copy of the book. As a consequence, if one of our print books is included in Hathitrust, this is the currently the only way to access it; the print is not accessible. This means that if you request a physical book via Books to Go, the request will be denied and you will be directed to the Hathitrust copy.
    • Remember to login to Hathitrust before you search
  • Greg Sennema is available for Zoom appointments

Secondary Sources

Background resources

Searching for Books in Omni

Relevant subject headings

eBooks searching options

Searching for Articles

Omni (limit to "articles" on left side of search results): a dumping ground containing content from many library resources. The sheer number of items can make it difficult to efficiently narrow down. So after looking through Omni results, consider searching these databases:

  • Historical Abstracts
  • Atla Religion Database
  • JSTOR:
    • Unlike HA and ATLA, JSTOR is a full text database, so you are actually searching the text of the entire article, not just a record of the article (author, title, abstract, subjects, etc)
    • Be aware of OCR spelling issues; applies to all full text databases


Primary Sources

Searching for Books in Omni

Primary sources are often published in book form. In addition to the subject headings mentioned above, add any of the following:


Digitized primary sources

Original primary sources are typically held by an individual, library, archive, or museum. When they are digitized, they are often placed within an online collection from that organization. Besides a Google search, there are several ways you can gain access to these materials:

  1. Search an organization's web site
  2. Search a University collection
  3. Search a curated list which will eventually lead back to an organization's site
    • Eurodocs is maintained by a librarian at BYU
      • see individual country, e.g, Poland
      • see special categories, e.g, Holocaust
  4. Search a curated database that gathers resources together and which will eventually lead back to an organization's site