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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library

U.S. History: Exploring Groups: How did WWII change America?: Asian Americans


Secondary Sources will have more specific information about Asian Americans in WWII.

  • Secondary source books written by scholars which present a new interpretation or thesis based upon a synthesis of primary sources, scholarly journal articles, and other secondary sources.
  • Sometimes there will be an entire book, sometimes you may have to assemble information from multiple monographs.
  • Secondary sources will usually have a bibliography of materials for further study, including primary sources, journal articles (which are also secondary sources), and books.



To ensure equitable access, all reserve materials are to be used only in the library for the duration of the project.


    • Books on reserve will be available to you in the Library Reading Room Your group may take these books to your workspace on the Library main floor.

    • Please return all your books to a library staff member either at the Circulation Desk or in the Reading Room before you leave the library at the end of class..

  • OUTSIDE OF CLASS TIME, you may come to the Circulation Desk and sign out up to 2 books at a time for use in the library only. When you return those books, you may sign out up to 2 additional books. (Note: the limit to the number of books is to ensure equitable availability of materials among the 5 sections of US History.)


Click on the headings General books and Asian Americans for more information about each book.
General books also containing information on Asian Americans 
  • Double victory: multicultural history of America in World War II / Ronald Takaki. D769 .T42  2 copies
  • The homefront: America during World War II / Mark Jonathan Harris, Franklin D. Mitchell, Steven J. Schechter. E806 H64 1984  Contains Primary Sources
  • Major problems in American history, 1920-1945 / Ed. by Colin Gordon. E784 .M315 2011 Contains Primary Sources
  • Major problems in the history of World War II / Ed. by Mark Stoler and Melanie S. Gustafson. D743 .M246 2003 Contains Primary Sources
  • People's history of World War II / Ed. by Marc Favreau. D811 .A2 P46 2011  Contains Primary Sources
  • Wartime America: The World War II home front / John W. Jeffries. D769 .J44 2018


Asian Americans
  • By Order of the President : FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans / Greg Robinson. D769.8.A6 R63 2001
  • Civil Liberties and War / ed. Jamuna Carroll. KF5900.A7 C58 2006.
  • Democracy on Trial : the Japanese American Evacuation and Relocation in World War II / Page Smith. D769.8.A6 S64 1995
  • Enduring Conviction : Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice / Lorraine Bannai. KF228.K59 B36 2015
  • Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II / Daniel James Brown. D769.31 442nd .B76 2021
  • Free to Die for Their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II / Eric L. Muller. D810.C82 M85 2001
  • From Concentration Camp to Campus : Japanese American Students and World War II / Allan W. Austin. D769.8.A6 A94 2004
  • Going for Broke : Japanese American Soldiers in the War against Nazi Germany / James M. McCaffrey. D769.31 100th .M44 2017
  • The Japanese American Cases : The Rule of War in Time of Law / Roger Daniels. KF7224.5 .D36 2013
  • Japanese American Internment Camps / ed. William Dudley. D769.8. A6 J3625 2002  Contains Primary Sources
  • Japanese-American internment during World War II / Peggy Daniels Becker. D769.8.A6 B43 2013. (Also online)  Contains Primary Sources
  • Japanese Americans, From Relocation to Redress / eds. Roger Daniels, Sandra C. Taylor, and Harry H.L. Kitano. D769.8.A6 J364 1986
  • Korematsu v. The United States: World War II Japanese-American Internment Camps / Karen Kenney. KF228 .K59 K46 2013
  • Nisei Linguists in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II / James C, McNaughton  (a pdf on the website of the U.S. Army Center of Military History)
  • Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during World War II / Takashi Fujikami (an online ebook)
  • Uprooted : The Japanese American Experience during World War II / Albert Marrin. D769.8.A6 M329 2016
Contains Primary Sources means this source contains Primary Sources.

If you have any questions, see
Mr. Padgett, Ms. Taylor, or Mr. Previti
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NoodleTools Tips for Citing Books / eBooks

PLEASE NOTE: Do not copy and paste complete citations from electronic sources. NoodleTools cannot generate footnotes from copied and pasted citations.


To cite a book, first choose the NoodleTools option that best describes where you found it:

  • Database = an electronic book found in a Taft Subscription Database such as ACLS Humanities E-book.
    • Choose Book.
    • You must provide the permanent URL for your source. Look for any of the following on the page: permalink, persistent link, stable link, durable link, "Get link",Cite, or Citable Link.
    • Choose the name of the database, using the pull-down menu under My library's databases.
    • Complete information about the book (author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date).
  • Website = an electronic book found on the Internet using a search engine like Google.
    • Choose Book.
    • Copy and paste the URL for the book from your browser address bar. 
    • Enter author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date. If there's an ISBN, search that number to get the information about the book.
  • Print or In Hand = a book in the Reserve collection behind the main desk or found upstairs in the Main collection.
    • Choose Book.
    • Using information in the book, enter author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date.

Note: Print and electronic books can also be cited in NoodleTools using the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) . For a print book, look for the ISBN and associated barcode on the back cover or on the back side of the title page. If you don't find it, a library staff member can help. Books published before 1967 won't have an ISBN.

International Standard Book Number - Wikipedia

If you have any questions,  Mr. Padgett or Ms. Taylor are happy to help!