Rutgers University Libraries Looking Back: The Vietnam War and 9/11
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Finding Books: Library Catalogs

The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries. Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

    Vietnam War, 1961-1975
    September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

Newark Law
Camden Law
Law library materials are not listed in IRIS. Use the above subject headings to find relevant publications in the law collections.

Finding Scholarly Articles: Indexes

Humanities Abstracts
1984- . Index to over 350 core English-language periodicals in the humanities, including history, philosophy, religion, and related subjects. Rutgers-restricted Access

America: History and Life
1964- . The most comprehensive index to American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations. Rutgers-restricted Access

1975- . Index to over 2000 journals, plus conference papers, book reviews, and dissertations, in sociology and related areas. Rutgers-restricted Access

1887- . Comprehensive index to the the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, and education. Covers 1300 journals, as well as book chapters and dissertations. Restricted Access.

Getting the News

The War in the Media

Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Press Coverage
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Mass Media and the War
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Journalists
    Armed Forces and Mass Media United States History

Walter Cronkite: Changing Attitudes Toward War in Vietnam
In an August 7, 2002 NPR broadcast, Cronkite recalls the gradual change in journalistic approach, and the public attitude, toward the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

Vietnam: Perception, Revisited
MediaChannel collection of essays on the "first media war."

Braestrup, Peter. "The News Media and the War in Vietnam: Myths and Realities"
Peter Braestrup covered the Vietnam War as a correspondent for the Washington Post.

David Halberstam's Reporting from Vietnam
Selected New York Times articles. David Halberstam shared the Puliter Prize in 1964 for his coverage of the Vietnam War.

Myths and Mistakes: Charles Mohr Discusses Vietnam War-Era Press Coverage

Media and the Vietnam War: A Bibliography. 1996
From the Sixties Project.

9/11 Terrorism and the Media

Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

    September 11 Terrorist Attacks Press Coverage
    Terrorism and Mass Media
    Terrorism in Mass Media
    Terrorism Press Coverage

TelevisionArchive: A Library of World Perspectives Concerning September 11th, 2001
Archive of television news broadcasts from the period following the attacks. Includes detailed analyses of crisis coverage.

Journalism after September 11. Edited by Barbie Zelizer and Stuart Allan. New York : Routledge, 2002.
Alexander Call Number: PN4853.J59 2002


For links to many newspaper sites with online searchable archives, as well as to physical collections of newspapers see the Newspapers Research Guide.

Historical Newspaper Archives

[Historical] New York Times Allows you to search and display the full image of articles published in the New York Times back to 1851. The two+ most recent years are not included; use Access World News to find more recent articles. Restricted Access.

Ethnic NewsWatch A full-text collection of over 200 newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic (including Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian-American, European, and Jewish), minority, and native press. Complete articles dating back to 1960, in English and Spanish. Restricted Access.

Full-text access to the Newark Star-Ledger is available from 1996 to the present on Access World News (Restricted Access) and on Factiva (Restricted Access). The Dana Library has the Newark Star-Ledger on microfilm going back to 1980; microfilm reels back to August 1, 1945 are also available from the Rutgers Alexander Library in New Brunswick. The Newark Public Library also has the Star-Ledger in its entirely (1939 forward) as well as its predecessor, the Newark Star Eagle (1916-1939), available on microfilm.

While there is no complete printed or online index to the pre-1989 Star-Ledger, the New Jersey Information Center at the Newark Public Library has the card file Cummings Index to the Star-Ledger from 1971 to 1996, as well as locally compiled Newark News Indexes, 1916-1970.

More Recent News Articles

Access World News
Access to the full text of over 600 U.S. and over 700 international newspapers.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access

The Vietnam War: There and Here

The 1960s

Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:
    Nineteen Sixties
    Nineteen Sixty Four A.D.

Generation Without a Cause. [Videorecording]. Narrated by Walter Cronkite. 1963.
"A study of the values and attitudes of the college youth of the sixties who grew up during years of war, nuclear energy, and prosperity. Part 1 focuses on the majority of the college students using students from Rutgers University as examples; part 2 presents a Rutgers student who is opposed to the conformity and apathy of his generation. Special guests include Senator William Fulbright, Dr. Philip E. Jacob, Dr. Richard McCormick, Dr. Selman Waksman, and poets Robert Frost and John Ciardi."
Media Call Number: VIDEO 2-2436; VIDEO 123

Maga, Timothy. The 1960s. New York, N.Y., Facts on File, 2003.
Overviews of the major political, social, and cultural events of the decade illustrated by excerpts from speeches, letters, and newspaper articles.
Dana Call Number: E841.M225 2003

The War

Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Influence
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Personal narratives
    Vietnam War 1961-1975 African Americans
    Vietnam War 1961-1975 Women

The Vietnam War : Handbook of the Literature and Research. James S. Olson, ed. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1993.
Bibliographic essays on various aspects of the Vietnam War. Part 6 (pp. 335-454) focuses on "The Home Front and American Culture," including the antiwar movement, television and the war, American literature and the war, and film and the war.
Dana Call Number: Ref. DS558 .V58 1993

The Wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, 1945-1982 : A Bibliographic Guide. / Richard Dean Burns and Milton Leitenberg. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-Clio Information Services, c1984.
Brief introductions, followed by unannotated listings of resources relating to different aspects of the war. Chapter 9, "The War at Home," has a chronology of major antiwar activities, as well as sections on public opinion, the media, the antiwar movement, the FBI counterintelligence operation, the draft, and the arts.
Dana Call Number: Ref. DS557.7 .B87 1984

Vietnam War Bibliography: Vietnam War and American Culture.
Compiled by Dr. Edwin Moise (Clemson University).

"Background to the Crisis, 1940-50" The Pentagon Papers: The Defense Department History of United States Decisionmaking on Vietnam. The Senator Gravel edition. Boston, 1971-1972. Chapter 1.
The first four volumes of the Gravel edition of the Pentagon Papers are available at this site. The Papers (5 volumes) are also available at Dana DS557.A63U5

Edmonds, Anthony O."The Tet Offensive and Middletown: A Study in Contradiction" The Viet Nam Generation 5 (1-4), March 1994.
Attempt to gauge the effect of the Tet Offensive on the citizens of Muncie, Indiana through an examination of contemporary local press as well as interviews with local citizens.

Famous American Trials: The My Lai Courts-Martial 1970
Introduction, chronology, maps, images, and excerpts from the court martials. From the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

The Kent Affair: Documents and Interpretations. Edited by Ottavio M. Casale [and] Louis Paskoff. New York, Houghton Mifflin, 1971.
Official documents, news reports, editorials, editorial cartoons, and photographs. Compiled by members of the Kent State faculty.
DANA Call Number: LD4191.O72C3

Lewis, Jerry M. and Thomas R. Hensley. "The May 4 Shootings at Kent State University: The Search For Historical Accuracy."
Article by two Kent State sociologists which attempts to "deal with the historical inaccuracies that surround the May 4th shootings."

Kent State: May 4th Oral History Project
Transcriptions of interviews/recollections of those present at Kent State on May 4th, as well as others impacted by the events of that day. From the Kent State University Library Special Collections.

  • Vietnam War Bibliography: Oral Histories and Personal Accounts, American, Especially Soldiers.
  • Vietnam War Bibliography: Oral Histories and Personal Accounts, Vietnamese and Mixed Vietnamese/American.

  • Compiled by Dr. Edwin Moise (Clemson University). Print and online resources.

    Lelyveld, Joseph. "The Enduring Legacy," New York Times Magazine March 31, 1985.
    A look at the legacy of Vietnam left on the United States people ten years after the fall of Saigon.

    The Anti-War Movement

    Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

      Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Protest movements
      Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Protest movements United States
      Vietnam Moratorium, October 15, 1969
      Vietnam Veterans Against the War
      Student Movements - United States - History - 20th century
      Student Movements - History - 20th century
      College Students - Political activity - History - 20th century

    Heineman, Kenneth J. Campus Wars: The Peace Movement at American State Universities in the Vietnam Era. New York, New York University Press, 1993.
    The history of protest movements at four state universities: Michigan State, Penn State, Kent State, and the State University of New York in Buffalo.
    Dana Call Number: DS559.62 .U6H45 1993

    Stacewicz, Richard. Winter Soldiers: An Oral History of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. New York, Twayne Publishers, 1997.
    Dana Call Number: DS559.5 .S72 1997

    Inventory to the Records of the Office of Public Information on the Vietnam War Teach-Ins, 1965-1966
    Background information and finding aid to a collection of correspondence, newspaper clippings, statements and reports related to the three Vietnam War teach-ins held at Rutgers during this period. Collected located in Special Collections and University Archives (Alexander Library) in New Brunswick.

    Vietnam War Era: Ephemera Collection
    Digital collection of leaflets and newspapers that were distributed on the University of Washington campus during the 1960s and 1970s.

    Howlett, Charles. "Doves in a Hawk's Nest: Vietnam and the American Peace Movement: 1965-1975: Part 1" Vietnam Generation Journal 4 (3-4), November 1992.

    GIs United Against the War in Vietnam: Statement of Aims.

    Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: Position Paper On Vietnam

    Decade of Protest: Political Posters from the United States, Cuba, and Vietnam 1965-1975.
    Exhibit held at Track 16 Gallery, January 19-March 9, 1996.

    Veterans and Agent Orange

    Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

      Agent Orange
      Agent Orange - Toxicology
      Vietnam War 1961-1975 Veterans

    National Academy of Sciences. Institute of Medicine. Veterans and Agent Orange: Health Effects of Herbicides Used in Vietnam. National Academy Press, 1994.
    Update 2002 . (4th biennial update, 2003)
    Update 2004 . (5th biennial update, 2005)

    New Jersey. Legislature. General Assembly. Veterans' Affairs and Defense Committee. Public Hearing before Assembly Veterans' Affairs and Defense Committee : The Effectiveness of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs in Responding to the Needs and Concerns of Vietnam Era Veterans, Particularly Focusing on the Department's handling of the New Jersey Agent Orange Commission and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Counseling. Trenton, N.J., 1989 .
    Dana Call Number: DOCNJ UB369 .V48 3/13/89

    Vietnam in Literature and the Arts

    Wittman, Sandra M. Writing about Vietnam : A Bibliography of the Literature of the Vietnam Conflict Boston, MA : G.K. Hall, 1989.
    Annotated list of literary works (novels, personnal narratives, anthologies, poetry, short stories), as well as criticism and other secondary sources, relating to the Vietnam War.
    Dana Call Number: Ref. DS557.7 .W58 1989

    REMF Bibliography: A Bibliography of Vietnam War Literature.
    Compiled by David A. Willson, with Nancy Kendall. Extensive listing of everything from comics and children's literature to screenplays to pornography.

    September 11 Attacks

    Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

      September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
      September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 Personal Narratives
      September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 Psychological Aspects

    Before & After: Stories From New York. Edited by Thomas Beller. New York, 2002.
    Sixty vignettes of life in New York City before and after the attacks.
    Dana Call Number: F128.36.B446 2002

    The 9/11 Commission report.
    Final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. 2004.

    September 11 Web Archive
    Results of a project to archive daily nearly 30,000 web sites beginning only hours after the attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001 and continuing until December 1, 2001. An attempt to preserve the Web expressions of individual people, groups, the press and institutions from around the world in the aftermath of the attacks. About 2500 of these sites have now been cataloged and are available. A fascinating, although not particularly easy to use, site. A joint project of the Library of Congress, the Internet Archive, and

    The September 11 Digital Archive
    Over 40,000 personal stories, plus videos, still images, animations, and documents relating to the September 11th attacks and the public responses to them.

    New York City 9.11.01
    An online documentary project with transcripts of "where were you when" interviews.

    9.11 Moments
    34 short videos of individuals reflecting on 9/11.

    Days of Infamy: December 7 and 9/11
    Audio recordings of reactions from "the man on the street" made immediately after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and after the September 11th attacks. Also includes transcripts, music, and slide shows.

    Impact of September 11, 2001 Events on Substance Abuse and Mental Health in the New York Area. Rockville, MD : Dept. of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies, 2003.
    Natalie Borisovets (
    October 5, 2004
    rev. October 2, 2007