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Library Catalog Searches

Use the table below to develop library catalog searches for primary sources. Replace the words appearing in brackets with specific descriptors (e.g., use american in place of [nationality]).

Searching for . . . Enter this phrase    +    modifier(s)
[see examples]
bibliographies bibliography and autobiography
correspondence
diaries
[ethnic group]
[location]
[person]
personal narratives
diaries (general) diaries and [person]
[nationality]
diaries (by topic) diaries and [ethnic group]
[gender]
[location]
[occupation]
letters correspondence and [location]
[person]
[topic]
personal accounts personal narratives and [event]
[topic]
[war]
travel narratives description and travel and [location]

Sample Searches

  • personal narratives AND united states AND slavery
  • bibliography AND autobiography AND women

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