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World War 1

World War I

Browse around the Dewey number 940.3 for general books on the war.


Check out the wealth of information in:

Gale Encyclopedia of World History: War. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2008. 2 vols



There are many resources available on the World Wide Web about World War I. Some of the best general sites are:

BBC - History - World War I

An extensive, media-rich site covering social as well as military aspects of the war. From the U.K.'s original public service broadcaster.


The Great War from PBS

This is the companion site to PBS' program on World War I, it features an interactive timeline and maps and locations.



An outstanding resource featuring many photos, primary documents, and articles pertaining to relevant events before, during and after the war. Please read the site editor's disclaimer before proceeding to the rest of the site.


The Great War Society

The Great War Society studies all aspects of World War I and its legacy for the twentieth century. It features pages specifically created for students and researchers of the War.


World War I: Trenches on the Web

World War I: Trenches on the Web is a very comprehensive site on the First World War. It features a rich online library and focuses primarily on the military aspects of the War.


World War I Document Archive

An extremely useful page from Brigham Young University with links to primary source documents and

images from the war.


Finally, here are some links to images, sources, and sounds from the First World War era:

The World War I Document Archive

The document archive includes documents organized by year, a biographical dictionary, and an image archive.


On the Homefront: America During World War I and World War II

This archive features photos, posters, sheet music and other materials held in the Library of Congress.


The Versailles Treaty

This site features the full text of the Versailles Peace Treaty that ended World War I. It also features maps and charts.


Lost Poets of the Great War

Six poets who wrote about World War I are featured at this site along with their works.


American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War 1 and the 1920 Election

"The Nation's Forum Collection consists of fifty-nine sound recordings of speeches by American leaders at the turn of the century. The speeches focus on issues and events surrounding the First World War and the subsequent presidential election of 1920." (from the LOC's American Memory site)