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History 4296: Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs: Home

Find in this guide library resources that support Dr. Watt's American history writing seminar.

Background Info

Reference books, whether in print or online like the two titles below, help researchers to contextualize their topics, and in turn to begin asking the right questions. Reference books set the stage for more efficient database searching; researchers cannot elicit relevant search results if they don't know which keywords (or search terms) to use. Lastly, scholarly encyclopedia articles often contain bibliographies that lead researchers to the most respected secondary and most useful primary sources. In short, reference books are a great way to begin your research.


Use this research guide to find both primary documents and secondary sources (journal articles, books, etc.) about Truman's decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Truman's Decision: End of World War II

"David Halberstam, Studs Terkel, Joan Ganz Cooney, Rita Moreno, Jerry Della Femina, and Neil Simon, reflect on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

Source: Streaming video titled The Class of the 20th Century from Films on Demand, a TULibraries' database. Click here for other video databases available through the Libraries' website.

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Rebecca Lloyd
Paley Library
Room 319