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HIST 301: Historian's Craft (Petty, Spring 2024)

Finding Primary Sources in the Catalog

Use The main library catalog to find primary sources by limiting to publication date or using the subject headings below. 

 

Use Subject Terms to find historic materials in the collection. NOTE: DO NOT LIMIT PUBLICATION DATE RANGE FOR THESE SEARCHES

  • Personal narratives
  • Correspondence
  • Biography
  • Interviews
  • Letters
  • Speeches
  • Pamphlets
  • Sermons
  • Diaries
  • Wills
  • Logbooks

Unofficial terms that are not Library of Congress official terms but may be helpful

  • Account
  • Archives
  • Autobiography
  • Collection
  • Documents
  • Documentary history
  • Eye witness
  • First hand account
  • Letters
  • Life stories
  • Manuscript documents
  • Manuscripts
  • Minutes
  • Oral history
  • Papers
  • Primary sources
  • Primary documents

Collections of Primary Sources

Using the Subject Heading SOURCES or FACSIMILES or EARLY WORKS or MANUSCRIPTS you can find printed collections of translated primary sources.   

You can also use the Subject Headings above to find reprinted translations of historic documents on your topic.

Example:

Interviews AND (wobblies OR "Industrial Workers of the World")

How to Access Materials in WorldCat?

If you see a book or microfilm of interest, order it via ILL.
You should also look up the title to see if it's electronically accessible via: