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To find books and other documents on military history in the Thomas Cooper Library and the Documents Department, use:

USC CATALOG: USC library catalog
Marcive WebDOCS: government publications from 1976-present.

Some subject headings:
Military history--subdivisions

Search Also Under:
subdivision History, Military under names of countries, cities, etc.
also subdivision History under names of individual military services, e.g. United States. Army--History; and names of individual wars, battles, sieges, etc.

For government publications published before 1976, use the Monthly Catalog in the Documents Department.

Acronyms & Terms

DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
Joint Acronyms and Abbreviations
Military Acronyms & Glossaries: listing of sites from IUPUI.


Defenselink: links to all branches of the military, news and publications.
Department of State
Department of Veterans Affairs: Includes online application forms.

Forms & Regulations

Air Force Pubs: Air Force administrative publications and forms.
Defense Acquisition Deskbook: Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics information.
Defense Acquisition Regulations
DOD Forms Program: includes links to forms sponsored by the Department of Defense and other branches of the military.
Joint Electronic Library: Historical publications, Joint Force Quarterly, research papers, individual service publications and joint publications, doctrines and directives.
Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JTFR)/Joint Travel Regulations (JTR): per diem allowances for uniformed services members and civilian personnel.
Marine Corps publications: official Marine Corps directives, doctrine and forms.
Navy Electronic Directives System: unclassified directives and forms.
U.S. Army Publishing Agency (USAPA): Army official publications and forms.


CD-ROMs and DVDs may be used in the department and may be available for checking out.

Active Air Force wings as of 1 October 1995 ; USAF active flying, space, and missile squadrons as of 1 October 1995, 1999, (CD-ROM)
D 301.82/7:W 72/2/CD
A compilation of data concerning all Air Force wings and squadrons that were active as of October 1, 1995, including lineage, honors, and heraldry. Updated by website.

Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 2, The History of VP, VPB, VP(HL) and VP(AM) Squadrons, etc., 1910-1995, (CD-ROM)
D 221.18:D 56/V.2
The v. 2 disc supercedes v. 1, includes the complete text of v. 1, as well as the title, United States naval aviation 1910-1995, and 15 monographs on naval aviation. Main titles on Internet but other publications only on CD-ROM.

GulfLink Collection of recently declassified military and intelligence documents concerning Gulf War Illnesses.

History of US Marine Corps Operations in World War II, FMFRP 12-34, January 2000,(CD-ROM)
D 214.9/6:12-34/CD
v.1. Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal / Frank O. Hough, Verle E. Ludwig, Henry I. Shaw, Jr. -- v. 2. Isolation of Rabaul / Henry I. Shaw, Jr., Douglas T. Kane -- v. 3. Central Pacific drive / Henry I. Shaw, Jr., Bernard C. Nalty, Edwin T. Turnbladh -- v.4. Western Pacific operations / George W. Garand, Truman R. Strobridge -- v.5. Victory and occupation / Benis M. Frank, Henry I. Shaw, Jr.

Invasion Intervention, "Intervasion":, A Concise History of the U.S. Army in Operation Uphold Democracy, (CD-ROM)
D 110.13:H 62/CD
The Combat Studies Institute presents a critical history of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. This concise study of the Army's role in that important peace operation was written by three faculty members at the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth: Lieutenant Colonel Walter E. Kretchik, Dr. Robert F. Baumann, and Dr. John T. Fishel. Their accounts and conclusions drawn from them are based on an extensive review of available documentary material, interviews with key participants in the operation, discussions with experts on Haitian affairs, and travels to Haiti to conduct a firsthand assessment. The result is a challenging analysis of Uphold Democracy that brings into perspective deficiencies as well as achievements in the conduct of the operation. Consists of Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Also includes special video segments adapted from the documentary film Rhythm of the Street, which was produced by LTC Kretchik and Dr. Baumann under the auspices of the Combat Studies Institute in 1997.

National Security Archive: archive of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Electronic Briefing Books provide online access to critical declassified records on specific issues, inlcuding U.S. national security, foreign policy, military history, intelligence policy from published and unpublished Archive documents. Includes some multimedia.

The United States Army and the Korean War, United States Army Center of Military History, Vol. 1-4, September 2000, (CD-ROM)
D 114.21:K 84/V.1-4/CD
Publications on CD-ROM and NOT on website: The Medics' War, by Albert E. Cowdrey; Military Advisors in Korea: KMAG in Peace and War by Robert K. Sawyer, Black Soldier/White Army: The 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea by William T. Bowers, William M. Hammond, and George L. MacGarrigle; U.S. Army Mobilization and Logistics in the Korean War by Terrence J. Gough; Pictorials of Korea, 1950 and Korea, 1951-1953 by John Miller, j.r., Owen J. Carroll, and Margaret E. Tackley.

The United States Army in World War 1, Center of Military History, Vol. 1-3, April 2001,(CD-ROM)
D 114.21:W 19/V.1-3/CD/
Version 1, 2. This three disc CD-ROM brings together for the first time all of the Center's existing work on World War I, to include an overview essay, Learning Lessons in the American Expeditionary Forces (Disc 1); the 18-volume documentary collection of selected AEF records of the United States Army in the World War, 1917-1919 (numbered 1-17, with Volume 10 divided into two separate parts), (Discs 1 and 2); the five-volume Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War (numbered 1-3, with Volume 3 divided into three separate parts), (Disc 3); American Armies and Battlefields in Europe (Disc 3); and World War I print set (Disc 3).

The United States Army And World War II, Disc 1-4, Set 1 of 7, (CD-ROM) 
D 114.21:W 19/2/V.1-4/SET.1/CD
Disc 1. The supreme command ; Logistical support of the armies, v. 1, May 1941-September 1944 ; Logistical support of the armies, v. 2, September 1944-May 1945 ; Cross-channel attack; Breakout and pursuit -- Disc 2. The Lorraine campaign ; The Siegfried Line campaign ; The Ardennes : Battle of the Bulge ; Riviera to the Rhine -- Disc 3. The last offensive ; The Persian corridor and aid to Russia ; Northwest Africa : seizing the initiative in the west -- Disc. 4. Sicily and the surrender of Italy ; Salerno to Cassino ; Cassino to the Alps. Selected publications also on CMH website.

U.S. Army Center of Military History: online exhibits, numerous publications and research guides.

United States Naval Aviation, 1910-1995, 1997, (CD-ROM)
D 221.18:AV 5/CD
A general background on naval aviation history, highlights significant events and developments that shaped naval aviation from its birth in 1911; covers all aspects of naval aviation, including operational activities, technical developments and administrative changes. "Also includes the Dictionary of American naval aviation squadrons-volume 1; Naval aviation combat statistics-World War II and U.S. Naval aviation in the Pacific. Main titles on Internet but other publications only on CD-ROM.


Defense Department Publications: general interest and reports.
Index to Military Periodicals: most periodicals indexed are available in the Documents department and on the Internet.
DITC Online: search for Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Scientific and Technical Documents.

Standards and Specifications

ASSIST: direct access to Defense and Federal specifications and standards available in the official DoD repository. Part of DODSSP (Department of Defense Single Stock Point for Military Specifications, Standards and Related Publications).
DOD Index of Specifications and Standards: includes links to full-text documents.


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