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HIST 352 - Women/Gender/Sex in U.S. History: Primary

At Hope

You can use HopeCat to find out if we have primary sources on your topic.  Here are a few tricks for locating these materials in our collection. 

As a part of your keyword search, experiment with including words like: source, personal narratives, diaries, correspondence, interviews, church records and registers, sermons, early works, wills, photographs. You may have to search on a broader topic to find relevant materials.

Click for my favorite way to search HopeCat for primary sources.

Sample primary source LC Classification Subject Headings from MIT/Yale

Are you finding interesting looking materials in our ultrafiche collection?  Many of these books are now available online through Google Books, so try searching for the title there first before turning on the microfilm machine.

You can also duplicate these kinds of searches in MeLCat or WorldCat, though some libraries may place limits on loans of older materials.

Database Sources

Primary sources outside the library

Finding sources on the Web

  • Some ways to help you find sources through the Internet is to think about who would collect, preserve, archive, or disseminate such materials/subject matter you are interested in (archives, institutions, colleges, organizations, governments, etc.)
  • Search your subject or related terms and add in terms like: digitized, archives, digital collection, personal narratives, diary(ies), correspondence, etc.