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HIST 3790: Research Methods and Historiography: Books

This guide compiles library and Internet resources that may be useful in completing the assignments in the HIST 3790 course.

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:

Ambassadors -- United States -- Diaries

Hayes, Rutherford B., 1822-1893 -- Correspondence

Diplomats --  United States -- Biography

Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 -- Sources

Diplomatic and Consular Services, American -- Thailand -- Biography

 

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

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.

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