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HIST 29625: The European Family

A guide to library resources for students in Professor Lyon's class

Searching for Primary Sources

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

  • sources
  • diaries
  • correspondence
  • personal narratives 
  • pamphlets
  • early works to 1800
  • maps

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.

Sample catalog searches

Use the BEGINS WITH option, select SUBJECT from the drop-down menu.

  • France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799 --Pamphlets
  • Great Britain--History--Civil War, 1642-1649--Personal Narratives
  • Women -- Early works to 1800
  • Marie Antoinette, Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, 1755-1793.

For less precise results, use the KEYWORD search:

  • middle ages women italy sources
  • france pamphlets
    (flip sort to "oldest first" OR select Special Collections location facet)
  • great britain personal narratives 1642