U.S. History: America in World War II

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  • 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: 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 the Holocaust. Ref D804.3 .E53 1990 4 vols
  • Encyclopedia of women in American history. Ref HQ1410 .E53 2002 3 vols
  • Encyclopedia of World War II: a political, social, and military history. Ref D740 .E516 2005 5 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:
  • History of World War II. Ref D 743 .H59 2004 3 vols
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • The United States at war. Ref E 181 .U64 2005 2 vols
  • World War II. (History in dispute series). Ref D 20 .H543 vols. 4 and 5 (also an online ebook)
  • World War II [1939-1943]. (History in dispute series) vol 4 2000 (an online ebook)
  • World War II [1943-1945]. (History in dispute series) 2000 (an online ebook)
  • 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)

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Finding Public Domain Images for Multimedia Projects

Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

America at War, 1941-1945 (digital collection of documents from the University of Richmond Libraries) http://dlxs.richmond.edu/w/wtp/

American Memory (Primary source material and special collections from the Library of Congress) http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html

Wars and the Home Front: Exhibitions and Presentations (multimedia resources from the Library of Congress) http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/the...

Women's History: Exhibitions and Presentations (multimedia resources from the Library of Congress) http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/the...

Digital History: World War II (Comprehensive U.S. history website from the Univ. of Houston's College of Education) http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/era.cfm?eraID=15&...

Eyewitness to history: World War II (first person accounts) http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/w2frm.htm

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) https://archive.org/details/FedFlix

Franklin (Access to the digital collections in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum) http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/archives/collecti...

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) http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/all/cul/hgp/

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: History by Era (History by Era contains our historical content, organized by time period, with resources ranging from essays and videos by award-winning historians to primary sources with historical introductions, transcripts, and images) http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era

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) http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/

Library of Congress Guide to World War II Materials http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/WW2/WW2bib.html

National Archives World War II Records http://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/

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)http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/MuseumExhib...

National WWII Museum Digital Collections (founded by historian, Stephen Ambrose in 2000, Congress designated it America's national museum of the war in 2003) 2003) http://www.ww2online.org

Naval History and Heritage Command: World War II (NHHC is the official site of U.S. Navy history) http://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/wars-c...

Partners in Winning the War: American Women in World War II (an exhibit from the National Women's History Museum) https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/partners/exhi...

Second World War (electronic encyclopedia from the award-winning Spartacus Educational site) http://spartacus-educational.com/2WW.htm

Trinity Atomic Web Site http://www.abomb1.org/trinity/trinity1.html

U.S. Army Center for Military History (contains digitized books, images and other archival material; the official documents and image archives of the Army) http://www.history.army.mil

WWII Clip Art (copyright free images) http://www.historyimages.com/WWII/clipart.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) http://ww2db.com

World War II Poster Collection (hundreds of posters issued by various U.S. government agencies; from Northwestern Univ. Library) http://www.library.northwestern.edu/libraries-coll...