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American History Primary Sources

Searching for primary sources in books

When searching a database of books (think: OneSearch, Google Books, or WorldCat):

  • Use keywords associated with primary sources, like: diaries / journals / sources / personal narratives / correspondence / letters / documents

Also, look for Library of Congress Subject Headings with those terms. For example:

United States -- History -- Sources

 United States -- History -- 18th century -- Sources