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Searching for Primary Sources Print Page

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 subheadins are:
Personal narratives
Anecdotes Manuscripts
Pictorial Works

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



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