This guide is meant to assist students taking HIST 1250: Early America find primary and secondary sources for their individual research projects. It offers a basic introduction to library databases and resources, as well as helpful tips for finding and evaluating primary sources. It also offers guidance on pre-search activities and writing your research question.
If you get stuck or find yourself in need of a little more assistance than this guide offers, please do not hesitate to make an individual research appointment with myself or another reference librarian.
The Committee of Five presenting its draft of the Declaration of Independence to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on June 28, 1776, as depicted in John Trumbull's 1818 portrait, Declaration of Independence
To borrow items from the library, you will need your BGSU ID card. Undergraduate students can check out books for 3 weeks and renew up to 6 times. For more information of borrowing ideas, please click here.
Students, faculty, and staff have 24/7 access to all library databases from anywhere. To access off-campus, simply login with your BGSU username and password and authentic with a push notification.
Helpful tip: Your BGSU username and password for UL access will be the same as you MyBGSU account.
Requesting Materials for Other Libraries
BGSU has access to a large amount of print and on-line resources, but don't have it all. However, chances are you will still be able to access the resource via OhioLink or other libraries across the country. Requesting a item is super simple, just look for the "Request this item" link in Summon or the catalog and enter in the required information. If you are requesting a physical book, you will get an email to your BGSU email indicating the item has arrived and you can pick it up. If you requested an article, you will get an email with a link and directions on how to access it.