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A guide to library resources in North American and European history

Searching for Primary Sources in Catalogs

The following terms are found in the subject headings of records for published and unpublished primary sources.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
  • newspapers
  • periodicals

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

Center For Research Libraries (CRL)

Collection Locators

Use these databases to identify repositories and collections beyond campus.