Atomic Bomb
General Leslie Groves
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Manhattan Project
Radioactive Fallout
Soviet Atomic Espionage


The Atomic Bomb. General UG 1282 .A 872 2000
The Atomic Bomb: The Critical Issues. General E 813 .A85 1976
Major Problems in the History of World War II : Documents and Essays. [see Chapter 11] General D 743 .M 27 2003
Was the Bombing Justified?
Why did President Truman order the Bombing?


LIBRARY CATALOG: Search for materials in the COD library or in libraries worldwide.

General Call Number area: D 767.25
List of COD Library books on the atomic bombings
List of COD Library books on the Manhattan Project
List of COD Library books on President Harry Truman
List of COD Library videos on the atomic bombings

Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to arrange its books)
I-SHARE (formerly Illinet Online): Get books from over 80 Illinois academic libraries
Interlibrary Loan, to get books and journal articles from other libraries around the country.


Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb. General D 767.25 .H 6 K 68 2007
Cultural Atlas of Japan. Reference DS 821 .C 62 1988
Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Historical Dictionary of Atomic Espionage. General UB 270 .T 74 2011
Historical Dictionary of Japan to 1945. Reference DS 833 .H 46 2014
Historical Dictionary of World War II Intelligence.
Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan. Reference DS 805 .K 633 1983
Military Atlas of Air Warfare. Reference UG 630 .D 584 2014b
Month by Month Atlas of World War II. General G 1038 .P 6 1989
Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences
The Pacific War Atlas. General D 767 .S 6 1995
Pacific War Encyclopedia. Reference D 767.9 .D 86 1998


You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Academic OneFile. An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including political science. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.
Academic Search Complete. Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, political science, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, library and information science.
CQ Researcher. Full text articles covering topics of current interest and controversy.
History Study Center
JSTOR. This is an archive of digitized journal articles ranging in date from the 1700's to the early 2000's. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.
Military and Government Collection of articles and bibliographic citations.
National Newspapers(ProQuest). This includes the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
Project MUSE. This database offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases.
Explanation of Scholarly Journals
Explanation of the Difference Between Magazines and Journals
How to Read a Research Article


The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources.
The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Report of the Manhattan Engineering District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1945.
The Atomic Papers : A Citizen's Guide to Selected Books and Articles on the Bomb, the Arms Race, Nuclear Power, the Peace Movement, and Related Issues. General JX 1974.7 .B 85 1984x
Documents from the George C. Marshall Foundation Collection
Documents from the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library
The Effects of Atomic Weapons. General UF767 .U 594 1950
The Effects of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, 1946.
Manhattan: The Army and the Atomic Bomb. U.S. Army official history book. General QC 773.3 .U 5 J 65 1985,
Harry S. Truman and the Bomb: A Documentary History. General E 813 .H 3 1996


The Atomic Archive
Atomic Bomb Disease Institute at Nagasaki University
Atomic Heritage Foundation
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Los Alamos Historical Society
The Manhattan Project. U.S. National Park Service.
The Manhattan Project: An Interactive History. U.S. Department of Energy
The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History.
Nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago
Trinity Atomic Web Site


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