Where to find sources on World War II

World War II Memorial Washington
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Primary Sources

World War II - Modern History Sourcebook

Fordham University provides a list of links to online primary sources from the modern era.


American National Archives

A massive collection of resources from American history.


American Library of Congress

This is the largest library in the world. Also provides:

Historical American Newspaper Archive

Imperial War Museums

A great place for finding sources on modern warfare, particularly from a British perspective.

Second World War - UK National Archives

The British archive website which provides access to a huge range of materials.

Select Speeches of Winston Churchill - The Churchill Centre

The Churchill Centre was founded in 1968 to educate new generations on the leadership, statesmanship, vision, courage and boldness of Winston Spencer Churchill.

German Propaganda Archive

The German Propaganda Archive includes both propaganda itself and material produced for the guidance of propagandists. The goal is to help people understand the two great totalitarian systems of the twentieth century by giving them access to the primary material.

The National WWII Museum

The National World War II Museum is home to thousands of oral histories and hundreds of thousands of photographs. This website offers the visitor a way to browse a sample of these collections and purchase images if interested

Trove Newspapers Online

A collection of Australian newspapers from the past.

The British Parthé News Footage Archive

Find real primary source film footage of major historical events from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

Secondary Sources


An online academic database used by universities worldwide that is a superb resource for History students. To view full articles, you will require membership.

World War Two Flipboard Magazine

A collection of online articles and news reports about World War Two.

Please Note: Some internet browsers do not handle the Flipboard website very well, and it is sometimes better to have the Flipboard App on your device to view the magazine.


Google Scholar

This searches internet sites for academic articles and books. It often only provides one or two pages, but it is often enough to find quotes and bibliographical details.

JURN Search Engine

Search millions of free academic articles, chapters, and theses.