To identify books that are primary sources:
1) Look for books written by people who were involved in the event or activity you are researching. (Tip: When you look at secondary sources, write down the names of people and then look for them as authors.)
2) 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. Not all books that include primary sources will include one of these words or phrases in a subject heading.
Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Correspondence
United States -- Foreign Relations -- 1801-1809 -- Sources
United States -- History -- 1783-1815 -- Anecdotes
United States -- Social Conditions -- To 1865 -- Sources
United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Personal Narratives, English
New Mexico -- History -- Mexican War, 1846 - 1848 -- Personal Narratives
Internet Archive is a database of books, magazines, audio and video files, maps, etc. It's a good place to find books that are old enough to be no longer under copyright.
To find only those books that are available full text, you can search the catalog and click on the box next to "Full View Only."
To do a more complex search, click on the Advanced Catalog Search link. You can also select "Full View Only" on this page.
In addition to keyword searching, you can also browse by subjects, listed on the left side of the page. Each book in the results list will include the designation:
To search for only full text books: