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Primary & Secondary Sources

This guide will help you learn the difference between primary and secondary sources in various subject areas and provides resources for locating primary sources, both in the library and on the open web.

WWII & Holocaust Resources

Digital Collections from Yad Vashem The digital archives include the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names, with five million-plus records, based on commemorative reports of relatives, friends, and archival sources; the Online Photo Archive, the largest of its kind, with 120,000-plus photos, explanations, geographical information, and visual testimony to Jewish life before, during, and after the Shoah; and the Library Catalogue, with 150,000-plus records in 50-plus languages--the most comprehensive collection of published material on the Shoah. The archives also include Transports to Extinction, the Shoah/Holocaust Deportation Database; a database of Shoah victims' names; and Untold Stories, a multimedia database of murder sites in the occupied territories of the former USSR. 

WWII from the National Archives Links to materials, some of which have been digitized, related to WWII from the National Archives.

Rosie the Riveter: Women Working During World War II Photos, images and personal stories of women at work during WWII. 

Documents of World War II Extensive collection of documents pertaining to World War II -- broadcasts, letters, debates, maps, treaties and more.