U.S. History: America in World War II Video Project
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.
- ABC-CLIO companion to women in the workplace. Ref HD6095 .S34 1993
- Almanac of American military history. Ref E 181 .T93 2013 4 vols (also an online ebook)
- American home front in World War II. 2005 4 vols (an online ebook)
- Americans at war: eyewitness accounts from the American Revolution to the 21st century. Ref E181 .A4525 2018 3 vols (also an online book)
- Americans at war: society, culture, and the homefront. Ref 181 .A453 2005 4 vols (also an online ebook)
- Atlas of American military history. Ref E 181 .A85 2003
- Battlefield: decisive conflicts in history. Ref D 25 .B25 2006
- Biographical dictionary of World War II. Ref D 736 .B63 1996
- Conflicts in American history: a documentary encyclopedia. Ref E174 .C655 2010 8 vols (also an online ebook)
- Dictionary of American history. Ref E174.D52 2003 10 vols (also an online ebook)
- Dictionary of American military biography. Ref U 52 .D53 1984 3 vols
- Encyclopedia of African-American history, 1896 to the present. Ref E185 .E5453 2009 5 vols
- Encyclopedia of American Indian history. Ref E 77 .E48 2008 4 vols
- Encyclopedia of American social history. Ref HN 57 .E58 1992 3 vols
- Encyclopedia of Japanese American internment. Ref D769.8.A6 E64 2013
- Encyclopedia of media and propaganda in wartime America. Ref E 181 .E6313 2011 2 vols
- Encyclopedia of women in American history. Ref HQ1410 .E53 2002 3 vols
- Eyewitness to America's wars. Ref E181 .A943 2011 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- The forties in America. Ref E 740.7 1940 F67 2011 3 vols (also an online ebook)
- Great events from history:
- Historical encyclopedia of American labor. Ref HD8066 .H57 2004 2 vols
- History in dispute:
- History of World War II. Ref D 743 .H59 2004 3 vols
- The Holocaust: an encyclopedia and document collection. Ref D804.25 .H655 2017 4 vols (also an online ebook)
- Oxford companion to World War II. Ref D 740 .O94 1995
- Oxford encyclopedia of American military and diplomatic history. Ref E181 .O95 2013 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- Oxford research encyclopedia: American history.(an online reference database)
- Social history of the United States. Ref HN 57 .S622 2009 10 vols
- St. James Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide. 2 vols 2004 (an online ebook)
- This is who we were: in the 1940s. Ref HC106.33 .D47 2015 (also an online ebook)
- The United States at war. Ref E 181 .U64 2005 2 vols
- World War II and the postwar years in America : a historical and cultural encyclopedia. Ref E806 .Y73 2010 2 vols
- World War II in the Pacific. Ref D 767 .W68 2001
- World War II reference library. 2000 5 vols (an online ebook)
- World War II: the definitive encyclopedia and document collection. Ref D740 .E516 2016 5 vols (also an online ebook)
(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.
- 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 xxxxx: su,wrdl: sources or su,wrdl: diaries or su,wrdl: personal narratives and kw,phr: xxxxx
- Primary source databases
- African-American Newspapers, 1827-1998 Full-text access to 270 historically significant African-American newspapers from across the U.S
- America's Historical Newspapers 1690 - 2000 Full facsimile images of American papers back to the colonial era
- Annals of American History Search 2700+ primary source documents and multimedia by author, decade, or topic
- JSTOR When searching this scholarly journal database, limit publication date to 1941-1945 for primary source articles about WWII.
- Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950 Liberty flourished when illustrated magazines were the most important form of mass entertainment. Liberty charted the moods, attitudes, lifestyles, fads, and fortunes of middle class America through three significant decades.
- New York Times 1851-2009 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
- Salem History (see Defining Documents and Milestone Documents collections)
- The Times (London) Digital Archive 1785 - 2012 More than 200 years of news in full facsimile images from London's premier newspaper
- Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600 – 2000 Thousands of primary source documents and other resources in American women's history
- The Library has the following original journals from the war years shelved at the end of the Reference collection: LIFE 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
- 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
- In addition to the database Britannica ImageQuest you can use these sites to find images:
- Finding Public Domain Images for Multimedia Projects (from EdTechTeacher.org)
- Wikimedia Commons (a collection of over 51 million freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute)
- Google Images (click on Tools -- Choose Usage Rights -- Choose Labelled for noncommercial reuse)
- WWII Clip Art (copyright free images)
- World War II Poster Collection (hundreds of posters issued by various U.S. government agencies; from Northwestern Univ. Library)
- Useful Websites
- America at War, 1941-1945 (digital collection of documents from the University of Richmond Libraries)
- The Black Past: Remembered & Reclaimed (The "Google" of African American history includes an online encyclopedia, primary sources, and much more)
- Digital History: World War II (Comprehensive U.S. history website from the Univ. of Houston's College of Education)
- Digital Public Library of America (Discover 33,425,159 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States)
- Discovering American Women's History Online (Digital collections of primary source materials browsable by subject, place, time period, and source type)
- Eyewitness to history: World War II (first person accounts)
- FedFlix (hosted by the Internet Archive, FedFlix is a collection of nearly 2000 films all in the public domain produced by the US government during the 20th Century)
- Franklin (Access to the digital collections in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum)
- Historic government publications from World War II: a digital library (Reproductions of several hundred government documents; browse by title or keyword search; from Southern Methodist University)
- Hyperwar: a hypertext history of the Second World War (content consists primarily of official documents produced by various agencies of the United States, United Kingdom and British Commonwealth governments, and useful links)
- Library of Congress
- American Memory (Searchable primary source collections)
- Wars and the Home Front: Exhibitions and Presentations
- Women's History: Exhibitions and Presentations
- Web Guide to World War II Materials
- LIFE Magazine Archive (published from late Nov 1936 to 1972, LIFE was "the photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th century")
- National Archives World War II Records
- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force: World War II Gallery (The gallery captures the pivotal moments, campaigns and figures of U.S. Army Air Forces' air power in both the Pacific and European Theaters)
- National WWII Museum Digital Collections (founded by historian, Stephen Ambrose in 2000, Congress designated it America's national museum of the war in 2003)
- Naval History and Heritage Command: World War II (NHHC is the official site of U.S. Navy history).
- Second World War (electronic encyclopedia from the award-winning Spartacus Educational site)
- Trinity Atomic Web Site http://www.abomb1.org/trinity/trinity1.html
- World War II Database (recognized as a notable resource by the Library of Congress, it contains material on all aspects of the war and on all countries involved)