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Military Subject Headings and Keyword Searching
Subject Headings

The following subject headings are used in most catalogs to refer to the period indicated:

  • UNITED STATES - HISTORY - FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR
  • UNITED STATES - HISTORY - REVOLUTION
  • UNITED STATES - HISTORY - WAR OF 1812
  • UNITED STATES - HISTORY - WAR WITH MEXICO
  • UNITED STATES - HISTORY - CIVIL WAR - 1861-1865
  • UNITED STATES - HISTORY - WAR OF 1898
  • WORLD WAR, 1914-1918
  • WORLD WAR, 1939-1945
  • KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953
  • VIETNAMESE CONFLICT, 1961-1975

Keyword Searching

Keyword searching is a useful way to generate lists of important references. To get a feel for how this works, try keyword searches using the following terms:

  • BOUNTIES
  • JEWS WAR
  • MILITARY PENSIONS
  • GERMANS REVOLUTION
  • SOLDIERS HOMES (OR HOME)
  • BOUNTIES PENNSYLVANIA
  • MILITARY BIOGRAPHY
  • REGISTERS DEAD
  • REGIMENTAL OFFICERS
  • REGIMENTAL HISTORIES
  • MILITIA PHILADELPHIA
  • MILITARY PENNSYLVANIA
  • REGIMENTAL PENNSYLVANIA
  • BLACKS MILITARY

It is important to note that lists of military personnel are more often referred to as "REGISTERS", not directories.