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HIST 4260/5260 Civil War and Reconstruction: Books

This guide is a compilation of library and Internet resources for students in Bowling Green State University's HIST 4260 and HIST 5260 Civil War and Reconstruction course.

Some Useful Reference Books

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.

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:

United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal Narratives

Soldiers -- Alabama -- Correspondence

Kansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources

Reconstruction (U.S. History, 1865-1877) Tennessee -- Sources

Freedmen -- Southern States -- History -- Sources

Women -- Confederate States of America -- Diaries


 

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

Primary and Secondary Sources

 

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.