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HIST 6520: Historiography: Books

A guide to library resources that may be useful to the Historiography class.

Searching the Catalogs for Books

To find books, you can search the three main catalogs:

BGSU Libraries Catalog

Indexes books, magazines and journals, videos, music, and electronic resources that are owned by BGSU. Almost all of them are located on campus, with some located at the Firelands campus library and the Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository (those can be requested).

OhioLINK Central Catalog

Indexes books, videos, music, electronic resources from college and university libraries, the State Library of Ohio, and some large public libraries in Ohio. Request online, delivery to Jerome Main Circulation desk in 2-3 business days.

WorldCat Catalog 

Identify materials at tens of thousands of academic, public, and special libraries internationally.  You can request things not owned by BGSU or OhioLINK via interlibrary loan -- average delivery time is 17 days.

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 an author.

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. 

--Diaries

--Correspondence

--Biography

--Sources

--Anecdotes

--Personal narratives

--Interviews

Examples:

Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- History -- Sources

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

Pioneers -- United States -- Interviews