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HIST111: Creating the American Nation

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. A few useful subject headings for this project: 

African Americans -- History -- Sources

Slave narratives -- United States

United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- African Americans

 United States – History – Colonial period, ca. 1600–1775 – Sources 

 United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources

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