Doherty Memorial High School Library

Welcome to the Doherty Memorial High Library

  Ms. Nelson ~ Library Director

  Monday - Friday

6:45 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

The DMHS Library is open before and after school. The sign-in book is always located on the circulation desk.

  Mr. Mawson's Classes



World War II: The Home Front


Second-semester U.S. History project; Honors
Mr. Mawson


“We’re All in This Together!” was the slogan used on the “Home Front” during World War II. Life on the home front was a significant part of the war effort for all Americans and had a major impact on the outcome of the war. Millions of new jobs were created to support the military; as a result there was a large-scale migration to industrial centers. A rationing system was started in the United States to help conserve the limited number of resources – particularly food, rubber, and steel. Families were encouraged to recycle needed materials like waste fats (for explosives) and scrap metal. Increased industrial activity meant millions of women were needed in factories for the first time. African-Americans also gained opportunities to find good-paying war work. Movies, radio programs (there was no TV yet), songs, and even comic books often had WWII themes during the war. Posters encouraged Americans to support the war effort by buying war bonds, rationing, growing their own food in Victory gardens, enlisting in the military, and not spreading rumors about the war.

You will write a research paper on life on the home front in the United States during World War II. This is NOT a paper about veterans and their war stories. The paper will be at least five (5) pages long (double-spaced) and no longer than eight (8) pages (about 1,500-2,000 words.) Your paper MUST include the following elements:

  • Research and Oral Histories: The bulk of your paper must be based on your research. It should include an introduction, a thesis and a conclusion, with the body of the paper focused on the topic you have chosen. You must elaborate on what you find in your research by incorporating the accounts and experiences of at least two people who lived through World War II and talk about the topic you have chosen. You can find a wealth of oral histories of World War II on the Internet (to start, see the World War II on the Home Front resources on the other side of this instruction sheet).

    Make sure you include biographical information about the subjects of the oral histories (age; where they were born; where they lived during the war; family background and circumstances under which they lived during the war).

Project criteria 


The criteria for the project are as follows:

  • Your research paper must be at least 1,500 words long (approximately 5 to 8 pages double-spaced on 12 font).

  • You must demonstrate that your research came from a minimum of five sources, (plus two other sources for you oral histories). No Wikipedia and no textbooks! Your paper must contain a detailed bibliography in the MLA format demonstrating where your research was conducted. You may include any supplemental materials that will help illustrate your project (photographs, mementos from World War II). Supplemental materials will be considered bonus points in the grading rubric.
  • Your research project will be counted as a test grade.

    Your research and writing must be YOUR OWN. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any plagiarism will result in a grade of ZERO (0) on the project.


World War II on the Home Front Resources


 The National World War II Museum – This is a great place to start. The museum is dedicated to World War II and contains oral histories as well as other valuable research material

Another great resource that includes both research material and oral histories is America on the Homefront: Selected World War II Records of Federal Agencies in New England

Also, the following sites will help with specific topics:

On the Homefront – Library of Congress site

Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women's Contributions During World War II 

Rationing during World War II 

Oral Histories 

Studs Terkel’s book “The Good War” is an excellent source of World War II oral histories. You may find the book at the library. Many of the sound recordings of his interviews are available on the Chicago History Museum website: 

PBS oral histories of life on the home front during World War II 

There are a number of universities that have web pages that includes archives of oral histories about life on the home front. Here is one: 

Archives of World War II on the Home Front oral histories at Rutgers University 



Cite your sources by using Citation Machine. You can choose the appropriate style, MLA or APA, and input the information (author, title of article, etc.). Once it's completed, you can copy and paste the generated citation into a Word document.


Students may get a pass for the library if they have a study hall period. The pass MUST be picked up between 6:50 A.M. 7:20 A.M. If a pass is lost, another one will not be reissued. Students may access the library during their lunch periods without a pass.

 ~ Resources in the DMHS Library ~



 The library has twenty-eight computer stations for students to use that are wired for Internet access. Students are not allowed to play games or write email on the computers.



Books can be checked out of the library for a 3-week period. Overdue notices will be sent out monthly if books are not returned. If a book is lost or damaged, it will be the student's responsibility to pay for the replacement cost of the book.


Photocopier and Printer

There are a photocopier and printer in the library for students to use.


 Digital Resources

Access the Gale Resources

Online Book Catalog for Doherty Library (Alexandria Catalog) - Access in school only



Pathfinders are pages that offer students selected resources in a variety of media on a topic they are researching. They provide a head start for students as they begin their research project.

Important Web Links

Class Projects

 Mark Twain ~ Samuel Clemens

     Ms. Thompson (Quebec Brochure Project)

  Nathaniel Hawthorne

      His Life


  Moby Dick

   Roman Gods & Goddesses

 Free Internet Resources

  • Animoto - Creating presentations has never been fun, but Animoto can help to put that behind you.
  • Audacity - Record and edit podcasts.
  • Creative Commons - Find licensed works that you can share, collaborate, remix and reuse. Also, license your own work easily.
  • Delicious - A fast and easy-to-use social bookmarking site.
  • Diigo - Research and collaborate. Highlights important information.
  • Facebook - A popular social networking site that makes it easy to find and keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues.
  • Gale Database Tutorials - Short video clips which show the best methods to access and use Gale databases
  • Google Docs - Create, collaborate and share documents while allowing people to comment.
  • iGoogle - Create your own page with RSS feeds and apps to fit your needs.
  • ImageChef - Use photos along with text to create meaningful images.
  • iTunes - Allows the listening and viewing of podcasts.
  • Jing - Records video of onscreen action and allows to share the works conveniently.
  • Podomatic - Use to easily share podcasts.
  • Screencast - Allows you to upload your screencasts and share them easily.
  • Skype - Have conversations with just about everyone with audio, video, and text chatting.
  • Tinychat - Create your own chat room, invite others (by using Twitter or other social networking sites) and save the chat logs
  • Tumblr - A microblog that allows text, photos, music and videos to be shared.
  • Twitter - The fastest-growing social networking site on the web. Have fun writing messages about what you're doing up to 140 characters!
  • VoiceThread - Create a multimedia, collaborative slideshow. Allows comments to be made by others by using, audio, video and text.
  • Wordle - Create cool word graffitti by just typing words.
  • WordPress - Use to create your own blog.
  • YouTube - Find many educational videos and comments may be posted.

Writing Tools

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