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World War II Resources

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Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources

Primary Sources in History
A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types of primary sources include speeches, letters, interviews, news, hearings, and magazine articles written at the time when the event occurred.

Secondary Sources in History
A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them. Some types of secondary sources include: histories, criticisms, commentaries, encyclopedia entries, a journal or magazine article which interprets or reviews previous findings years after the event occurred.

Primary Sources in Rod Library

Pre-1985 print journals are located in the compact shelving area on the bottom (1st) floor of the library.  

Here is a list of magazines that cover the World War II time period:

  • Newsweek: Compact Periodicals AP2.N6772  (1937--)
  • Magazine: Compact Periodicals AP2.T37 (1923--)
  • Harper’s Magazine: Compact Periodicals AP2.H3 (1913-1976)
  • Ladies' Home Journal: Compact Periodicals AP2.L135 (1900 --)
  • Vanity FairCompact Periodicals AP2.V36 (1914 --2002)

Digitized Collections and Resources

Maps of Rod Library

This guide was originally developed by Gretchen Gould.