Reference books, whether in print or online, help researchers to contextualize their topics. Reference books set the stage for more efficient database searching; researchers cannot effectively search databases such as JSTOR if they do not know which keywords (or search terms) will elicit the most relevant results. Last but not least, scholarly reference books often contain bibliographies that lead researchers to the most respected secondary and most useful primary sources. In other words, reference books are a great way to begin your research.
Manage your citations with RefWorks, a tool that allows researchers to easily import, export, search, and create automatically formatted bibliographies online. Citations found via searches in library databases such as JSTOR and many other databases can be imported directly into RefWorks. No manual typing required. Bibliographies generated within RefWorks can then be exported to Word in virtually any citation format, e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian and others.
Assignment Prompt: "Students enrolled in this cousre will write research papers based in large part on primary sources exploring how Americans -- either as individuals or as groups -- experienced this conflict. Papers may focus on Americans in combat or on the home front, service personnel or civilians, men or women, adults or children."
Use this guide to find World War II-Era primary documents.
The first two Temple-only databases below provide historical statistics from all periods of U.S. history, including World War II.
Archival collections related to World War II housed in the basement of Paley Library, Special Collections Research Center (SCRC):