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HIST 29660: The American South Since 1865

A guide to resources for students in Professor Dailey'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 
  • biography
  • pamphlets
  • oral histories
  • speeches
  • interviews
  • maps
  • census
  • archives
  • caricatures and cartoons
  • pictorial works (for compilations of photographs or other visual materials)

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

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

Sample catalog searches

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

  • African Americans -- Southern states -- Biography
  • Civil rights -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • United States—Politics and government—1963-1969
  • Wells-Barnett, Ida B., 1862-1931


For less precise results, use the KEYWORD search:

  • African Americans AND autobiography or memoirs or narratives
  • civil rights Johnson administration sources
  • Ida B wells