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Japanese Americans in Hawaii during World War II: Resources: Websites

Evaluating Internet Resources

Here are a few suggestions on how to evaluate Internet content using the CRAAP Test: 

1. (C)urrency: Does the Web site include the date it was created and/or updated? Are the links current?

2. (R)elevance: How does it compare to other sources of similar information? Are there other more accurate or complete sources - possibly in print format? Does it have a lot of ads and/or pop-ups?

3. (A)uthorship: Is the author identified? What are the author’s credentials? For example, does the site include the author's position and institutional affiliation? Is the organization the author represent an educational institution (sites ending with .edu) or government agency (sites ending with .gov).

4. (A)ccuracy:  Can the data be verified from other sources? Does the author have an obvious bias?

5. (P)urpose: Is the purpose of the resource readily identifiable?  Why was this resource created? Is the site intended for scholars or professionals, for lay people, or for students?

Educational Websites

 Local and National Resources:


1.  The Hawaii Nisei Story: Hamilton Library currently stores documents, images, and oral histories collected from Hawaii's Japanese Americans from the early decades of the twentieth century, through World War II, the postwar era, and the present. This website was made so the public can better access the information. 

2. Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar: One of America's most well-known photographers, Ansel Adams, went to Manzanar  War Relocation Center in California and documented what life was like for the Japanese-Americans forced to live at that camp. 


3. Japanese Americans Citizens League: This website is the creation of the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States of America. This is a good resource for information for news and events that help to promote the Japanese American community. 

Featured Resource: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

This is a non-profit organization that aims to share the history and culture of the Japanese American experience in Hawaii. 

Contact Information:

2454 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96826

(808) 945-7633