Reference books are useful for identifying people, places, events, dates, etc. Many articles in reference books include a bibliography of recommended sources. Here are just a few history reference books that may be useful.
This database indexes more than 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses. It includes abstracts, 24-page full-text previews, and the full text of many, but not all, dissertations and theses.
Full text doctoral dissertations, masters' theses and undergraduate honors theses from 30 Ohio colleges and universities, including BGSU. Users may search the full text of these publications or browse by institution, department, or author.
BGSU dissertations and theses published in Fall 2005 or after can be accessed via the BGSU Theses and Dissertations page in the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center (ETD). (Exception: MFA program in Creative Writing are still in print.) Most dissertations and theses were issued after 2000, but some date from as early as 1902.
If BGSU doesn't own the book, try the OhioLINK Central Catalog. It contains the holdings of the libraries at more than 80 colleges and universities throughout Ohio. You can request OhioLINK books online and have them delivered in 2-4 days.
WorldCat is a database of the holdings of many libraries throughout North American and some other countries. If you identify a publication you want to borrow, you can use your Illiad account to request it.
Searching for E-Books
The library provides access to more than 50,000 books from a variety of sources. For information about ebooks, see the online guide to Ebooks.