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- Reichskristallnacht OR Reichspogromnacht
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(Combining search terms with AND, OR, NOT is called Boolean searching. There is an explanation here.)
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- (heimat OR heimweh) AND migr*
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Sherlock combines the Whitman Library Catalog, Summit and many of our electronic journal subscriptions into one searchable interface.
Catalog of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide.
Historical Abstracts and America:History and Life are databases that index secondary literature about world and American history respectively. They may include some discussion of specific literature, but certainly will provide historical context for your own literary study.
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This database features hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies.
FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Plus
FIAF Index to Film Periodicals Plus is a bibliographic resource covering the foremost academic and popular film journals up to the present day. Many of these key titles are available here in full text.
Includes scholarship published in over one thousand of the highest-quality academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Full text of current content from scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.
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