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HIST 3030 World War II: Books

A guide to library and Internet resources that may be useful for researching topics about World War II.

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 hundreds of history reference books.  Here are a a very small sample 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 databases.

          --Diaries

--Correspondence

--Biography

--Sources

--Anecdotes

--Personal narratives

--Interviews

Examples:

Fighter Pilots -- United States -- Biography

World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives, American

Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953 -- Correspondence

United States. Army. Women's Army Corps -- Biography

World War, 1939-1945 -- Cryptography -- History -- Sources

World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- London -- Diaries

 

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

Primary and Secondary Sources