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A guide to library resources in North American and European history

Searching for Primary Sources

The following terms are found in the subject headings of records for published primary sources.

  • sources
  • diaries
  • correspondence
  • interviews
  • personal narratives 
  • pamphlets
  • oral history
  • maps
  • speeches
  • early works to 1800
  • census
  • pictorial works (for compilations of photographs or other visual materials)
  • translations into english

In the library catalog:

From the Library's homepage, select the SUBJECT index from the drop-down menu.

  • Immigrants -- United States -- Correspondence
  • European Union--Sources
  • France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799 --Pamphlets
  • Great Britain--History--Civil War, 1642-1649--Personal Narratives
  • Chicago (Ill.)--Maps
  • Cuba -- Census, 1899
  • Latin America--Social Conditions--Pictorial Works

Use the ADVANCED option in the catalog:

  • SUBJECT Speeches, addresses, etc. AND KEYWORD Howard Zinn or Abraham Lincoln (for a single orator) or African Americans (for collected speeches).
  • SUBJECT pictorial works and KEYWORD latin america AND social conditions

For less precise results, use KEYWORD search:

  • European Union sources (optional laguage facet limit)
  • France pamplets
    (flip sort to "oldest first" OR can select Special Collections location facet)
  • Great Britain personal narratives 1642
  • immigrants letters

Collection Locators

Use these databases to identify repositories and collections beyond campus.