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Using Online Library Catalogs

If you search a library catalog (SMCM, USMAI, WorldCat) for books containing primary sources, try using one of these terms in your subject search:

  • sources
  • correspondance
  • diaries
  • interviews
  • maps
  • portraits
  • personal narratives

These subject headings will help you retrieve books that contain primary sources.  For example, "holocaust AND sources" might retrieve books with legal documents, military documents, etc.

Open Access Resources


Library Databases for Newspapers

Library Databases for Books, Documents, and Images

Subject Guide