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Finding Primary Sources in the Library Catalog & Databases

How to search

To search for primary sources in the library catalog, enter keywords that describe your topic and also enter subject terms such as:

  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • interviews
  • personal narratives
  • sources

Search examples:

  • anne frank AND diaries
  • civil rights AND united states AND sources
  • gays and interviews
  • holocaust AND personal narratives
  • soldiers AND correspondence

If the person you are researching has written any books on their views or life (autobiography), try an author search in the catalog.

Author Examples:

  • michelle obama
  • anne frank
  • nelson mandela
  • theodore roosevelt

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A sampling of books from Reynolds Libraries collections