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Introduction to Historical Research : Books

This guide is an introduction to selected resources available for historical research. It covers both primary sources and secondary materials.

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Books as Primary Sources

Books can serve as primary or secondary sources for your research.  When searching for books to be used as primary source materials you will need to find books published during the time period you are researching.  There a number of print and online bibliographies, as well as, catalogs that can help you identify useful books.

Here a couple of catalogs that can help you find both print and electronic books:

Sample E-book Collections

These collections represent a few of the e-book collections that can be found through the Database library.  They represent only a fraction of what is available, a complete list is available here.

Additional E-book and E-journal Collections

These are additional e-book and journal collections that might be helpful for locating primary sources.

Finding E-books

Many historically relevent books are available electronically.  Find out how to find them through the link below.

Freely available E-books

Some of the largest collections of freely available electronic books: