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Locate core research resources in history

Using a Library Catalog to Locate Primary Sources

Our catalog may be used to locate primary sources in the library collection.  One means for doing so is to include one of the terms listed below in combination with topical search terms.  Also experiment with publication date limits to identify materials published during a particular time period.

  • Diaries
  • Case studies
  • Personal narratives
  • Songs and music
  • Correspondence
  • Public opinion
  • Photography
  • Caricatures and cartoons
  • Interviews
  • Pictorial works
  • Underground literature
  • Sermons
  • Sources

Remember, though, that the catalog will not always explicitly categorize the items they list as primary and secondary, so you’ll have to use your own judgment.