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  • B&N Synopsis: This reader-friendly text overviews events and everyday life in the US while the nation was at war between 1941 and 1945. The mobilization of American industry and agriculture, war production and economic growth, and the experience of women and minorities on the home front are areas examined. The text is written to be accessible even to less-prepared students, with within-text definitions and pronunciation guides. Other features include research and activity ideas, sidebars, a timeline and glossary, and b&w historical photos. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  • Minnie Earl Sears, creator of the Sears List of Subject Headings, who joined H.W. Wilson in 1923. Just published in its 18th Edition (and 80th year), Sears List of Subject Headings has been described by American Reference Books Annual as "a required tool for those preparing books for small to medium-sized libraries." Generations of catalogers have turned to Sears List for essential, up-to-date headings that optimize patron access to their library's collection—a fitting legacy for a reference librarian with a passion for cataloging.
  • The History of World War II: The volume is heavily illustrated with b&w and color historic photos, as well as about 90 maps, and many inset boxes with specific events or biographies. The American Home Front series has a cumulative index across the three books (Almanac, Primary Sources and Biographies), which can be very handy for research.
  • Perhaps now is a good time to explain Rosie the Riveter (Wikipedia): Rosie the riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II,[1][2] many of whom worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military.[3] The character is considered a feminist icon in the US.[2]The term "Rosie the Riveter" was first used in 1942 in a song of the same name written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb. The song portrays "Rosie" as a tireless assembly line worker, doing her part to help the American war effort:[5]All the day long,Whether rain or shineShe’s was part of the assembly line.She’s making history,Working for victoryRosie the RiveterOther books I couldn’t find cover photos for include: Ruggiero, Adriane (2003). American Voices fromWorld War II. Wright, David K. (1994) A Multicultural Portrait of World War II. Reynoldson, Fiona (1993). Women and War.
  • World War II magazine provides articles and photos on all aspects of World War II for readers of all levels of historical knowledge. Each issue of World War II magazine features stories about soldiers, leaders, tactics, weapons and more.American Heritage magazine is an award-winning American history magazine. American Heritage magazine features articles on the people, places and events that shaped America's past and are shaping the present and future.
  • Other good search terms are Rosie the Riveter, WASP and World War II
  • During World War II, a select group  of young women pilots became pioneers, heroes, and role models...They were the Women Airforce Service Pilots, WASP, the first women in  history trained to fly  American military aircraft.
  • Margaret Bourke-White was a trailblazing photojournalist. During World War II, Bourke-White became one of a stalwart group of women correspondents who covered the war from the front lines. In one of her most difficult tasks, Bourke-White accompanied U.S. troops as they liberated the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 1945. With portraits of starving prisoners and dead bodies heaped one upon another, she documented some of the worst horrors of the Nazi regime. (http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0301/pcox.html)
  • The Postmistressis a novel about 3 strong women and their lives in Europe and the US during WWII, and was reviewed by Library Journal, Booklist and Publishers Weekly, but I though the high school audience would enjoy a book review in People. Flying for Her Country was also reviewed by Reference and Research Book News.


  • 1. Role of Women in World War II
    Pathfinder for Natick High SchoolU.S. History Students
  • 2. Introductory Source
    • A good introductory source for this topic is:
    • 3. Hanes, Richard C. and Sharon M. (2005). American Home Front in World War II Almanac. Detroit: Thomson Gale. R940.53 HAN
  • Recommended Subject Headings
    • SEARS Library Catalog
    • 4. Broader terms: World War, 1939-1945 – Women
    • 5. Narrower terms: World War, 1939-1945 – Women – United States
    • 6. Related terms: World War, 1939-1945 – War Work
  • Recommended Call Numbers
    • Browse in the following Dewey Decimal Call Numbers to find library resources on the topic:
  • Reference Sources
    • Another good introductory source for this topic is:
    • 7. Cooke, Tim, Gilbert, Adrian, Hall, Tony, Jackson, Robert, McNab, Chris, Somerville, Donald, Stewart, Robert, & Westwell, Ian (Eds.) (2005). Women and the Allied War Effort. In History of World War II Volume 2 Global War (pp. 586-587) New York: Marshall Cavendish. R940.53 HIS V.2
  • Relevant Books
  • 8. Journals and Periodicals
    Pope, Victoria (Spring 2009). Flight of the WASP: The Women Airforce Service Pilots Seemed Strange and Exotic to World War II America. In Fact, Not Even the Military Could Quite Figure Out What to Do With Them. American Heritage 59.1, 62(7).
    Carroll, Andrew (Sept. 2009) An Army Nurse Describes a Deadly Attach on a Hospital Ship (War Letters). World War II 24.3, 15(2).
  • 9. Databases
    The school has access to the following research databases:
    • OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS: A one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.
    • 10. INFOTRAC: Cross-searchable databases which include General Reference, Expanded Academic, Health Reference, Business Reference, Gale Virtual Library, Biography Resource Center, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Massachusetts History Online, Historic New York Times, Educator's Reference Center and Academic OneFile.
    Search for: women world war II to find relevant articles:
    (2009, March 20). Celebrating Women’s History Month: Women in the Workplace. Time for Kids 14(20), 3.
    Collins, Elizabeth M. (2009, March). Remembering the Women’s Army Corps. Soldiers Magazine 64.3, 4-9.
  • 11. Search Engines
  • 12. Government Documents
    Use GPO Access to find Government docs.
    Sharing the Burden [microform]:  Women in Cryptology During World War II D 1.2:C 88/2
    The Women’s Army Corps:  A Commemoration of World War II Service. D 114.2:W 84
  • 13. Statistics
    Good sources for statistics on this topic are:
  • 14. Biographical Information
    Margaret Bourke-White: trailblazing photojournalist who covered the war from the front lines and accompanied US troops as they liberated concentration camps in 1945.
    Women of the World: The Great Foreign Correspondents  920 EDW
    Margaret Bourke-White Photographer  92 Bourke-White C.2
  • 15. Book Reviews
    Source: Aviation History (Jan 2010) 20.3, 59. Title: Goodpaster, Amy Strebe. Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II. Review Author: C.V. Glines.
    Source: People Weekly (March 1, 2010) 73.8, 49. Title: Blake, Sarah. The Postmistress. Review Author: Michelle Green.
  • 16. Places of Interest
    Rosie the Riveter World War II/Home Front National Historic Park, Richmond, CA http://www.rosietheriveter.org/
    National WASP World War II Museum, Sweetwater, TX http://waspmuseum.org/map/