U.S. History: America in World War II Video Project

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Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

START HERE: These resources provide essential background information - who, what, when, where, why, how

  • Search large collections of reference ebooks simultaneously in these databases: 
  • Britannica Academic Online contains the complete and regularly updated Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access.

Books / eBooks

(also called secondary sources and monographs)

RhinoCat is the Library's automated catalog of books, ebooks, DVDs, and other library materials. RhinoCat is available from any browser at http://library.taftschool.org. It is also accessible from your TaftNet homepage. A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits. TIP: When you identify a book in RhinoCat that sounds useful, open the book's full record, scroll down and click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your project.

Primary Sources

  • Search Rhinocat for books and ebooks containing primary source documents by copying and pasting the following phrase into the basic keyword search, substituting your topic or topic phrase for xxxxxsu,wrdl: sources or su,wrdl: diaries or su,wrdl: personal narratives and kw,phr: xxxxx
  • Primary source databases
  • The Library has the following original journals from the war years shelved at the end of the Reference collectionLIFE magazine, TIME magazine, ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS. Thanks for handling these fragile bound volumes with care. Want a copy of an article or advertisement? Please take a picture using your smartphone.
  • See Taft Online Subscription Databases and Websites below for additional resources containing primary sources.
  • See also the course guide Find Primary Sources for more ways to find documents and primary sources in our Library and on the internet.

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • American History Online Overview essays, biographies, primary sources, videos and slideshows, images, timelines, and maps and graphs in American political, military, social, and cultural history
  • Daily Life Through History (Academic)  This comprehensive collection of primary and secondary sources provides insight into the social history of societies from prehistory to the 21st-century. Includes authoritative content from more than 75 Greenwood reference works and original journal articles from prominent historians.
  • Issues and Controversies in American History Background, outcomes, and contemporary points of view for every major debate and conflict in American history
  • The Map as History More than 230 animated maps in 17 series, including WWII.
  • U.S. History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia
  • Journal article databases
    • Academic Search Complete Access full-text articles in thousands of magazines and journals. Tip: Limit your search to Full Text, Articles, and language
    • JSTOR Extensive backfiles of full-text scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and sciences
  • Image database
    • Britannica ImageQuest Access millions of images which are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use


Wikipedia's general disclaimer: "Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields."

  • To find reliable websites:
    • Britannica Academic includes links to recommended websites.
    • SweetSearch: a Search Engine for Students searches only credible websites approved by research experts.
    • Google Advanced Search
      • Limit your search to reliable domains by including the phrase site:gov OR site:edu OR site:ac.uk  (gov for U. S. government agencies; edu for educational institutions in the U.S.; ac.uk for educational institutions in the United Kingdom)    
      • Here's an example for researching the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Think about other terms you can swap in and out.                                                  

* see the course guide Find and Evaluate Websites for more information