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HIST 4800: Latin America & the US & the World: Books

Library and Internet resources that should be useful for doing research on the Latin American diplomatic history.

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, including books that are freely available on the Internet, 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 databases.

--Diaries

--Correspondence

--Biography

--Sources

--Anecdotes

--Personal narratives

--Interviews

 

Examples:

Spies -- Mexico -- Biography

Revolutionaries -- Bolivia -- Diaries

Latin America -- Foreign Relations -- United States -- Sources

Latin America -- History -- 20th Century -- Sources

Nicaragua -- History -- Revolution, 1979 -- Personal Narratives

Dissertations & Theses

Use either of these sites to identify relevant dissertations and theses:

Reference Books: Places to Find the Facts

The books listed below are just a sample of the reference books available on Latin America