Librarian

World War II Research Guide

U.S. History
Ms. Shapiro & Ms. Ludden
Spring 2012
 

*Project information can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/lchsushistory/

 

*Use this Research Guide to find better resources for your project.

 


Online Resources

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Student Resources in Context

Provides numerous resources, including: reference, magazines, academic journals, news, creative works, primary sources, and multimedia.




 

SIRS Researcher

Resources in this social issues database include: government documents, primary sources, reference, graphics, newspapers, and magazines.

 

 

 


Encyclopedia Americana

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Internet Resources

*Note: Each link takes you away from the LCHS website.

General Resources

BBC – History – World War Two (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/)

The Perilous Fight: America’s World War II in Color – PBS (http://www.pbs.org/perilousfight/)

The Avalon Project: World War II Documents (http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/wwii/wwii.htm)
The National Archives – ARC Gallery: World War II
(http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/topics/ww2/)



Attack on Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona Memorial – History & Culture (http://www.nps.gov/usar/historyculture/index.htm)

This site from the National Park service provides the history of the USS Arizona Memorial site. Includes photos.

Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941 (http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/pearlhbr/pearlhbr.htm)

Published by the United States Department of the Navy. Provides a historical background to the raid and archival photos.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor (http://www.time.com/time/photoessays/pearlharbor/index.html)

A photoessay on the attack, published by Time. Images from the National Archive and Records Administration.

USS Arizona (http://www.library.arizona.edu/exhibits/ussarizona/index.html)

An online exhibit of USS Arizona artifacts held by the University of Arizona.



 

Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain: Introduction (http://www.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/27/battleofbritain/intro.htm)

Comprehensive information published by the Imperial War Musuem.

Battle of Britain (http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/in_depth/uk/2000/battle_of_britain/default.stm)

An interactive, informative site by the BBC.




Battle of Guadalcanal

Guadalcanal Campaign, August 1942-February 1943 (http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/guadlcnl/guadlcnl.htm)

Published by the United States Department of the Navy. Provides a historical background of the battle and archival photos.        

NPR: The Battle for Guadalcanal, Radio Expeditions (http://www.npr.org/programs/re/archivesdate/2002/aug/guadalcanal/index.html)

In partnership with National Geographic, NPR presents a photo gallery and an oral history of the battle.




Battle of Iwo Jima and Okinawa

Battle for Iwo Jima (http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/battleiwojima.htm)

Published by the Navy Department Library.

Battle for Iwo Jima (http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/iwo_jima/)

From the U.S. Department of Defense official website. An interactive site that contains videos, maps, a photo gallery, and articles/resources.

Oral History – Battle of Okinawa (http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq87-3r.htm)

Published by the Naval Historical Center.




Battle of Midway

Course to Midway – Turning Point in the Pacific (http://www.navy.mil/midway/)

Published by the U.S. Navy. Includes extensive information about military events leading up to and during the Battle of Midway. Features articles, audio, and photos.

Battle of Midway (http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/midway/midway.htm)

Published by the United States Department of the Navy. Provides a historical background of the battle and archival photos.





Battle of Stalingrad

Hitler’s Invasion of Russia in World War II (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/hitler_russia_invasion_04.shtml)

An extensive article from the BBC.

The Soviet Union and the Eastern Front (http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005507)

An article from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia about the Soviet Unions struggle to overcome Germany’s 1941 invasion, which led to the 1942 Battle of Stalingrad.





Battle of the Bulge (aka The Ardennes Offensive)

American Experience – Battle of the Bulge (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bulge/)

A comprehensive site to accompany the PBS documentary by the same name. Features a WWII timeline, maps, biographical sketches, and a “Special Features” section (which contains many primary sources).  

Battle of the Bulge (http://www.army.mil/botb/)

Published by the U.S. Army, contains an overview, a slideshow, newsreel footage, and related resources.

The Battle of the Bulge: Images (http://www.history.army.mil/reference/bulge/images.htm)

Images collected and published by the U.S. Army’s Center for Military History.




D-Day & Normandy, France

D-Day (http://www.army.mil/d-day/)

Published by the U.S. Army, a comprehensive site about the campaign, including audio, video, photos, maps, and descriptions.

American Experience – D-Day (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/maps/index.html)

A comprehensive site to accompany the PBS documentary by the same name. Features a WWII timeline, maps, biographical sketches, and a “Special Features” section (which contains many primary sources).

Encyclopædia Britannica’s Guide to Normandy 1944 (http://www.britannica.com/dday)

A comprehensive site that includes historical overview, biographical sketches, veterans’ oral histories, photos, combat video, and war documents.

Normandy Invasion (http://www.history.co.uk/encyclopedia/normandy-invasion.html)

An extensive article from the History Channel.




 

Dropping the Bomb (Manhattan Project & the Atomic Bomb)

American Experience – Race for the Super Bomb (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/)

A comprehensive site to accompany the PBS documentary by the same name. Features a WWII timeline, maps, biographical sketches, and a “Special Features” section (which contains many primary sources).

Manhattan Project  (http://library.thinkquest.org/17940/texts/timeline/manhattan.html)

A comprehensive article.

The Avalon Project: The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/mpmenu.asp)

An extensive site about the Manhattan Project.




 

Japanese Internment Camps

Confinement and Ethnicity (http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/anthropology74/index.htm)

An overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation sites, published by the National Park Service.

Children of the Camps: Internment History (http://www.pbs.org/childofcamp/history/index.html)

An extensive site based on the PBS document of the same name. Includes historical documents, descriptions of the camps, a timeline, and a description of the health impact of the internment.

Calisphere – JARDA (http://www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu/jarda/)

The Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JARDA), hosted by the University of California.


 
 

Nuremberg Trials

War Crimes Trials (http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005140)

An article by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia about the Nuremberg Trials. See the links to additional resources at the bottom of the article.

Nuremberg Trials Project (http://nuremberg.law.harvard.edu/php/docs_swi.php?DI=1&text=overview)

The Harvard Law School Library has approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and to the twelve trials of other accused war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT).

American Experience – The Nuremberg Trials (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/nuremberg/)

A comprehensive site to accompany the PBS documentary by the same name. Features a WWII timeline, maps, biographical sketches, and a “Special Features” section (which contains many primary sources).



 

Rosie the Riveter and Women on the Home Front

Partners in Winning the War: American Women in World War II (http://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/partners/exhibitentrance.html)

An exhibit from the National Women's History Museum. Site includes information and photos.

Rosie the Riveter Trust (http://www.rosietheriveter.org/)

A non-profit organization that supports the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park. Features include an oral history and many additional resources.

Rosie the Riveter: Women Working During World War II (http://www.nps.gov/pwro/collection/website/home.htm)

An online exhibit of artifacts, photos, and stories, published by the National Park Service.




Tuskegee Airmen

Fact Sheets - Tuskegee Airmen (http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=1356)

A fact sheet published by the National Museum of the US Air Force.

The Tuskegee Airmen – Overview: Legends of Tuskegee (http://www.nps.gov/history/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/airoverview.htm)

A comprehensive site from the National Park Service about the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Includes images and personal stories.

Tuskegee Airmen History (http://www.tuskegeeairmen.org/explore/history.aspx)

A historical look at the Tuskegee Airmen, published by the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a national organization designed to honor the Airmen’s accomplishments and history.




Victory in Europe (VE-Day)

Victory in Europe Day (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/veday_germany_01.shtml)

A comprehensive article from the BBC.

Fact Sheets - VE-Day (http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=1678)

An informational page from the National Museum of the US Air Force.

War's End: VE Day (http://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ve-day.html)

A collection of soldiers' memories of VE-Day, as published by the Library of Congress.





Women at War

American Experience - Fly Girls - People & Events (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/flygirls/peopleevents/index.html)

A site to accompany the PBS documentary Fly Girls. Features a WWII timeline, maps, biographical sketches, and a “Special Features” section (which contains many primary sources).

Air Power: Women in the Military in World War II (http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Air_Power/Women/AP31.htm)

An historical essay on the involvement of women in WWII, including WASPs. Published by the U.S.’s Centennial of Flight Commission.

Partners in Winning the War: American Women in World War II (http://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/partners/exhibitentrance.html)

An exhibit from the National Women's History Museum. Site includes information and photos.

WAAC/WAC (http://www.army.mil/women/wac.html)

A historical overview from the U.S. Army of the Women's Army Corps (WAC).

Women Pilots of World War II (http://www.army.mil/women/pilots.html)

Published by the U.S. Army. A look at the military history of the WASPs.





Yalta Conference

Yalta Conference (http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0852937.html)

A brief overview from the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia.

The Avalon Project: Yalta (Crimea) Conference (http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/wwii.asp)

The proceedings of the meeting between Roosevelt, Stalin & Churchill.