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WWII/Atomic Bomb Mock Trial: Research Home

Passwords to Library Databases / eBooks

If something here asks you for a library password, look it up on this Google Spreadsheet! 

Thesis Questions...

Was the United States' decision to drop the atomic bomb justified?

  • If not, then dropping the atomic bomb was not justified. (Prosecution- Japan) 
  • If so, then dropping the atomic bomb was a justified act of war. (Defense - USA)

Research Guide

Welcome! Here you will find a guide to doing research, gathering and using evidence, and creating arguments for the mock trial.

The quality of your research will make up a large part of your grade. Remember to do your own work, create clear and thorough notes relevant to your topic, paraphrase (don't plagiarize!), and cite your information sources.

Encyclopedia Articles

Note: You will need the Encyclopedia Britannica password to access from home.

Database Articles/Suggested Key Words for Searching


Note: You will need the database password for Research in Context (a Gale database) to access from home.

When you're searching databases, it's important to choose effective search words. Here are some that might help. Click on the links to read articles in the Gale Research in Context Database (you will need the Gale password to access these links from outside of school). NOTE: If a link is not working, copy the key word you want to search, then paste it into the search box in the Gale Research in Context Database. Too many articles? Try narrowing the results by adding more words to the "Search within Results" box.


Atomic Bombs

Bataan Death March, 1942

Battle of Guadalcanal, 1942-1943

Battle of Iwo Jima, 1945

Battle of Okinawa, 1945

China (World War II)

Civil Liberties Act of 1988

Civilian Casualties

Einstein, Albert

Eisenhower, Dwight D.

Geneva Conventions


Hiroshima Bombardment, 1945

International Committee of the Red Cross

International Law


Japan (World War II)

Japanese American Internment, 1942-1945

Japanese History, 1868-1945

Kamikaze Pilots

Macarthur, Douglas

Manhattan Project

Nagasaki Bombardment, 1945

Pacific Campaign, 1941-1945

Pearl Harbor Attack, 1941

Potsdam Conference, 1945

Prisoners of War

Radiation Injuries (or Radiation Sickness)


Rotblat, Joseph

Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945

Soviet Foreign Relations

Territorial Expansion

Truman, Harry

United States (World War II)

War (International Law)

War Crimes

World War II, 1939-1945

Cite Sources with NoodleTools

New users: Click "Sign In with Google" then "Create New Account", "I am a student" and answer any questions. You may be asked to create a username; you may use any you like. 

From Projects page, click "New Project" and give it a name. Choose MLA and level  Junior or Advance, you can change later if needed. 

To begin citing sources, click Sources in the navigation bar at the top. On the Sources screen, click Create new citation and select the best match for your source from the choices given. Fill in the citation form with information about your source. If your source is a book, you can locate the book in  (with an ISBN number or title/author search) and it will automatically fill in the form with the book's details.  After you finish entering information about your source, click Submit to save your new citation.

Want to save a database citation into NoodleTools? With the article open, if available, use the "Citation Tools," then "Export to: NoodleTools." If not available, go to NoodleTools and Add Source, select Database, then click "Quick Cite / Copy and Paste Citation," then paste the citation into the "Manually-added citation" box and click "Save." 

NEVER copy and paste a Database article link from the Omnibox (your web browser's URL address at top), Instead use the databases's own "Bookmark" or "Permalink" tools to get a permanent link to the article!

To use the digital notecards, click on Notecards from the navigation bar, click "New." Select your the source your note is from using the "Source/Select Source" dropdown list. Once you've created multiple notecards, you can pile them. Drag a notecard and drop it on another notecard to create a new pile, or use the Manage pile option above the tabletop to manage existing and create new piles with selected notecards.

Need to share your project with partners? On the project's Dashboard screen, under Student Collaboration, click Add students. In the field that opens up, enter the collaborator's Personal ID. You can select Full collaborator if you wish to allow full add/edit/delete access, or Peer-reviewer if you want to share it as read-only (with just the ability to receive comments). If you need to add more collaborators, click Add more.

TIP: Use the "NoodleTools Companion" app to scan a book's ISBN into your project using your phone's camera. Sign in with your Google Gmail address and instead of your password, use the "Companion key" found on the "My Profile" page of "My Account" setting.