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History

Keyword Searching in Catalogs

You can use keywords that denote personal experiences from the time period.  For example, you could check for someone's autobiography, letters, diaries, etc.

If one searches for women and diaries and pioneers, one will retrieve several books containing diaries.

Eureka keyword search

Keyword Search Result

Subject Searching in Catalogs

One can use Library of Congress Subject Headings to browse subjects and identify primary sources.  Some of the subheadings are:
Sources
Personal narratives
Correspondence
Anecdotes
Archives
Papers
Newspapers
Pictorial Works
Cartoons
Interviews
Manuscripts


Sources is a particularly important subheading that follows topics, events, etc.