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 hundreds of history reference books. Here are a few reference books that may be useful.
When you know the title of the item you are seeking, the first step is to search by title in an online catalog.
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.
In addition, there are many books freely available on the Internet, including documents from many government agencies and non-profit nongovernmental organizations. For a guide to finding free books in the Internet, see this guide.
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 databases.
Cold War -- Sources
Hungary -- History -- Revolution, 1956 -- Personal Narratives
Germany (East) -- History -- Uprising, 1953 -- Sources
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 -- Sources
Czechoslovakia -- History -- Intervention, 1968 -- Sources
For information about the difference between primary and secondary sources, see: