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Nicholas - Junior Projects: Term Paper

A set of resources for juniors completing Mr. Nicholas' class assignments.

What's so great about primary sources?

Primary sources are firsthand accounts of historical events that allow you unfiltered access into the past. Here are some other reasons to use primary sources:

  • Bring you into contact with the firsthand accounts of events.  
  • Help you relate in a personal way to events of the past.
  • Give you a sense of the complexity of history. 
  • Allow you to see that secondary sources may only represent one of many historical interpretations.
  • Expose you to multiple perspectives on issues of the past and present.
  • Help you base your research off facts and observations.  
  • Require you to examine sources thoughtfully.
  • Allow you to have a deeper understanding by comparing primary sources with what you already know. 
  • Demonstrate that we all participate in making history every day, leaving behind our own primary source documentation.

Primary Source Books

These primary source books have been placed on reserve and can be found at the library front desk. 

Secondary Source Books

Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary Sources: 
Primary sources are first-hand, authoritative accounts of an event, topic, or historical time period. They are typically produced at the time of the event by a person who experienced it, but can also be made later on in the form of personal memoirs or oral histories. Think original documents.  

Secondary Sources: 
Secondary sources interpret or critique primary sources. They often include an analysis of the event that was discussed or featured in the primary source.

BBC Video: Atomic Bomb Survivors

Research Databases

For more background information on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki try a simple search in one of these databases: 

Using databases from off campus

You can use any of our databases from off campus if you have the correct user name and password for access. We may not post these publicly, so they reside on a Google Site page that requires your JBS email login for access.

Click HERE to see a clickable list of databases along with their user names and passwords.

Additional Resources