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HIST 3260/WS 3000: Women in American History: Books

A guide to BGSU library and Internet resources that might be useful for researching the history of women in the United States.

A Few Useful Reference Books

    

Reference books are useful for identifying people, places, events, dates, etc.  Many articles in reference books include a bibliography of recommended sources.  The BGSU Libraries own reference books about women in the United States.  Here are just a few of the reference books that may be useful.

      Start Here To Search for Books

When you know the title of the item you are seeking, the first step is to search by title in an online catalog.

        Searching for E-Books

The library provides access to more than 55,000 books from a variety of sources.  For information about ebooks, see the online guide to Ebooks.

Finding Books That Include Primary Sources

One way to identify books that are primary sources is to look for books written by people who were involved in the event or activity you are researching.  When you look at secondary sources, write down the names of people and then look for them as authors.

In the BGSU Libraries Catalog, the OhioLINK Central Catalog, and WorldCat, books that have been assigned subjects with the subheadings in the list below might be primary sources.  However, don’t expect that a book that includes primary sources will always include one of these words or phrases in a subject heading.  Also, these subheadings are not used in other databas

--Diaries
--Correspondence
--Biography
--Sources
--Anecdotes
--Personal narratives
--Interviews

Examples:

Women -- South Carolina -- Columbia -- Diaries

Women Soldiers -- United States -- Biography

United States. Army -- Nurses -- Diaries

Women -- Confederate States of America -- History -- Sources

Women -- Louisiana -- Corrrespondence 

For information about the difference between primary and secondary sources, see:

Primary and Secondary Sources