Currently, libraries all over the country are closed and you will have to rely on eBooks for your research. Print books at the Pepperdine libraries and via interlibrary loan will. * not* be available during May and June 2020.
If you need a book that Pepperdine doesn't own, please contact me Marc.Vinyard@Pepperdine.edu and I will check if an eBook version of the title is available.
How to limit your search results to eBooks:
By using a proper search strategy, the library catalog is an effective tool for lcoating books that are primary sources. WorldCat Local will search for items at the Pepperdine University Libraries and over 70,000 libraries worldwide.
Search by people who witnessed or participated in an event:
The Library of Congress assigns subject headings that are useful for restricting your search to primary sources:
Please note: books with the phrase "documentary history" in the title often contain primary sources.
You can also restrict your search to books that were written at the time of the historical event to limit your results to primary sources.
On March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive suspended waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in its lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners.
This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency.
HathiTrust Digital Library is another resource for searching the full-text of books and obtaining the full-text of books in the public domain.
Works published in the U.S. prior to 1924 are in the public domain and much more likely to provide the full-text