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Vietnam War Era: Books

This research guide supports the study of the Vietnam War Era, and the 2009 First-Year Experience Course and its primary text, Tim O'Brien's THE THINGS THEY CARRIED.

Subject Headings

Libraries use what we call “Subject Headings” to help classify (i.e. categorize) resources.  When you are using Countess, our library’s online catalogue (or using any library’s catalogue for that matter), take notice of the subject headings being used for your topic.  Like most libraries, we use Library of Congress (LC) subject headings.  These can help you narrow or broaden your topic to find resources more relevant to your research.  Below is a sampling of the LC subject headings used for the Vietnam War (notice that the word “Conflict” is sometimes used rather than “War” … this is a subtle but important distinction that in itself could serve as a research topic) and for author Tim O’Brien and his work.


Vietnamese Conflict,1961-1975

Vietnam War,1961-1975


Subject Headings that can help Narrow your research:

 Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Juvenile literature.

Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Literature and the war.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Moral and ethical aspects

Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Public opinion.

Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans.


Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--African Americans.

Vietnamese Conflict,--1961-1975--Art and the conflict.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Atrocities.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Campaigns--Fiction.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Destruction and pillage--Vietnam--Quang Tin.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Draft resisters--United States.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Economic aspects--United States.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Literature and the conflict.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Motion pictures and the conflict.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Journalists.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Music and the conflict.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Personal narratives, American.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Personal narratives, North Vietnamese.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Personal narratives, Viet Cong.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Poetry.

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Protest movements--United States.


Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Social aspects.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975—Women—Interviews.

Fonda, Jane, 1937-

Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Khe Sanh, Battle of, Vietnam, 1968--Fiction.

McNamara, Robert S., 1916-

My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968

National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum.

O'Brien, Tim, 1946- Things they carried.

O'Brien, Tim, 1946-

Subject Headings that can help Broaden your research:

 Counterculture--United States--History--20th century--Drama.
Conscientious objectors--Drama.

Freedom of speech--United States--History.

Military art and science--United States--History--20th century.
Music--Social aspects.

Popular music--United States--1961-1970--History and criticism.
Popular music--United States--1971-1980--History and criticism.
Male friendship--Drama.

Masculinity--United States--History--20th century.

Patriarchy--United States--History--20th century.

Peace movements--Fiction.

Psychological fiction.

Sex role--United States--History--20th century.

United States--Economic conditions--1961-1971.

United States--History--1945-

United States. Marine Corps--Fiction.

United States--Military policy.
United States--Military relations.

Veterans--Religious life--United States.

Veterans--United States--Political activity--History--20th century.

War--Religious aspects--Christianity.

War films--United States--History and criticism.

War stories, American--History and criticism.


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