Primary sources of all types can also be found in our regular, circulating books, in special collections, and beyond. Here are few ways to find primary texts and sources by using our own The Library Search.
1. Use the author search to find books we have by a particular author, politician, journalist or another type of historical witness
2. Do an advanced keyword search in The Library Search and then limit by publication year under “limit your search”) (note: you can also limit by language and many other ways)
3. . Do an advanced keyword in Library Search and then limit by years and then limit to the word "sources" in the subject field (by using the dropdown menu), for example:
"colonial america* AND Slave*" inn the keyword field
"sources" in the subject field.
(this brings us the Library of Congress Subject subheading “sources” which is sometimes used to designate primary source collections of different kinds — as in "Slavery--Political aspects--United States--History--18th century--Sources".
Primary sources (speeches, ads, interviews, court cases, statistics, media, etc.) and reference works. Fully searchable Federal Writer's Project WPA slave narratives. Classics in Black scholarship from 67 historically Black college and university presses. Early 1800s-present.
Includes collections on the transatlantic slave trade, the global movement for the abolition of slavery, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S. as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and parts of Europe.