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World War II: WW2: Databases

World War II

Databases overview

Tips for successful searching:

Use quotation marks to combine words into phrases, ie "atomic bomb" not atomic bomb

Use important keywords, not sentences, ie "atomic bomb" Hiroshima, not "why was the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima"

Use synonyms to expand your results. "Atomic bomb", "Manhattan Project", Hiroshima, Nagasaki, "Little Boy" will lead similar results though they will not all be the same.

To narrow your search results, use Advanced Search or Limiter options whenever they are available

Many of the examples provided are properly capitalized, however capitalization does not matter when doing a search


Most useful databases:

Atomic bomb

Search terms:

  • "Manhattan project"
  • Trinity
  • "atom bomb"
  • "Robert Oppenheimer"
  • Hiroshima
  • Nagasaki


Search terms:

  • Fascism
  • Totalitarianism
  • Nazism
  • Third Reich
  • Hitler
  • Mussolini

Japanese war crimes

Search terms:

  • Nanjing
  • Nanking
  • "Rape of Nanjing" (or Nanking)
  • Yasukuni Shrine
  • "Comfort women"
  • "Bataan death march"
  • Unit 731

Nuremberg trials

Search terms:

  • "Nuremberg trials"
  • "War crimes" Nazi

Wikipedia has a long article that provides names of participants and of smaller trials. Many of these terms can be used to find authoritative information in our databases.

Pearl Harbor

Search terms:

  • "Pearl Harbor"
  • "Imperial Japanese Navy"
  • "Admiral Yamamoto"
  • "Takeo Yoshikawa"

United Nations

Search terms:

  • "1945 San Francisco Conference"
  • "Atlantic Charter"
  • "united nations"