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Vietnam War and The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien: Web Resources

Resources compiled for Elena Cole's English 1A class reading of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.

Evaluating Websites

The quality of the information you find on the Web varies tremendously so it is always a good idea to check the information against another source. As with all information resources, whether in print or on the Internet, you evaluate its quality based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy (Is it free from mistakes and errors?)
  • Authority (What are the qualifications of the author?)
  • Objectivity (Is there any strong bias?)
  • Currency (Is the information up to date?)
  • Coverage (To what extent is the topic explored?)

That's just the basics.  Learn more!

Tutorials on Evaluation Criteria

Vietnam War Related Websites

A list of select Vietnam War related websites. 

More websites may be located using a Google Advanced search, limiting to .gov, .edu or .mil domains.

Milestones: 1953-1960, Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO), 1954

U.S. Dept. of State-Office of the Historian

Milestones: 1961-1968, U.S. Involvement in the Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive, 1968

U.S. Dept. of State-Office of the Historian

Milestones: 1969-1976, Ending the Vietnam War, 1973-1975
U.S. Dept. of State-Office of the Historian


ARC (Archival Research Catalog) Gallery-Vietnam War

National Archives


Vietnam Veterans Memorial

National Park Service


Library of Congress: Veterans History Project, Vietnam War

(*Excellent list of additional book and online resources.)


Vietnam Center and Archive

Texas Tech University


American Experience, Vietnam Online




CIA: The World Factbook


Background Note: Vietnam

U.S. Department of State


Vietnam Country Specific Information

Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

A Country Study: Vietnam

Library of Congress

A Guide to the United States' History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Vietnam
Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State

The Vietnam Lotteries
Selective Service System: History and Records

Findings from the National Vietnam Veterans' Readjustment Study
National Center for PTSD

The Wars for Viet Nam: 1945-1975
Vassar College

The Vietnam War
University of Houston

Vietnam War Era Ephemera Collection
University of Washington Libraries

Vietnam Studies: Logistic Support
Department of the Army

"The 1968 Exhibit"

"The 1968 Exhibit"

"The 1968 Exhibit is an ambitious, state-of-the-art, multimedia exhibit that looks at how the experiences of the year fueled a persistent, if often contradictory, sense of identity for the people who were there."

Sponsored by: The Minnesota Historical Society, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum and the Oakland Museum of California.


Search Engines

Google Advanced Search - Information on educational and governmental websites tend to have more reliable information.  In the advance search, along with your search terms, enter .edu or .gov in the box labeled "Search within a site or domain:".