Resources For and About Veterans
About this Guide
Students will find recommended print and electronic resources for research on military veterans.
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You can also visit the Veterans Support Program for more information about SBCC services for veterans and their families.
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If you need more help with research, ask a librarian! Stop by the Reference Desk, or contact a librarian by phone, email, or chat for more help. Find our contact information on the right side of this page.
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Print Reference Sources
Reference sources such as encyclopedias are a good place to begin your research. The following books are available in the Reference section, next to the Reference and Information Desk in the Luria Library:
- Encyclopedia of the American Armed Forces — R 355.00973 A969e 2005
Online Reference Sources
To access online library resources from off campus, you will be prompted to enter your Pipeline username and password.
Search the library catalog (books+) for books on your topic. Your search results will include articles as well. Limit to books by choosing the appropriate box from the menu to the left of the results.
Search for articles in the following library databases.
These resources will require your Pipeline account information when you access them off campus.
- Veterans History Project
- Rutgers Oral History Archives
- GVSU Veterans History Project
- Online Veterans and Military Documents
- Google Advanced Search
Library of Congress
Grand Valley State University (oral histories)
Library of Congress
Try limiting domain (.edu or .gov) and filetype (pdf) to find more credible and relevant sources on the Internet.
Figuring out whether the information you find online is credible enough for college research can be challenging. Use the P.R.O.V.E.N. Source Evaluation Questions to help you determine whether the sources you find are credible:
- Purpose: How and why the source was created. Is it intended to educate, inform, persuade, sell, or entertain? Do the authors, publishers, or sponsors state this purpose, or try to disguise it? Why was this information published in this particular type of source (book, article, website, blog, etc.)? Is the source designed for the general public, students, or experts?
- Relevance: The value of the source for your needs. Does the type of source meet your assignment’s requirements? Does the information answer your question, support your argument, or add something to your knowledge of the topic? Is it too general or too specific? Is it too basic or too advanced?
- Objectivity: The reasonableness and completeness of the information. Do the authors present the information thoroughly and professionally? Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong, emotional, manipulative, or offensive language? Do they leave out, or make fun of, important facts or alternative perspectives?
- Verifiability: The accuracy and truthfulness of the information. Do the authors support the information they present with strong factual evidence? Do they cite or provide links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic? Can you verify the information in other credible sources? Does the source contradict itself, include false statements, or misrepresent other sources?
- Expertise: The authority of the creators of the source. What makes the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the source authorities on the topic? Do they have related education, experience, or other expertise? Do they provide an important alternative perspective? Has the source been reviewed in some way, such as by an editor or through peer review?
- Newness: The age of the information. Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as science, technology, or current events), or could information found in older sources still be useful? When was the information presented in the source first published or posted? Are newer sources available that would add important information to your understanding of the topic?
For more help locating reliable information online, see the Finding Credible Web Sources research guide.
Below are some resources for creating citations for sources found on the internet and through library databases.
More resources are available on the Citation Guides page.