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A guide to library resources in North American and European history

Using subject headings

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 AND KEYWORD 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  (select Special Collections location facet)
  • Great Britain personal narratives 1642


Here's an example of an "advanced" search using subject headings.

Here's an example of a search using a Library of Congress subject string.

Searching for primary sources in catalogs

Add one of these terms to your search--as keywords or subject terms--to find records for primary 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
  • description and travel

Collection Locators

Use these databases to identify repositories and collections beyond campus.