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Finding Primary Sources in the Trible Library Collection

  • The online catalog is a search engine of the print and media resources owned by the library.
  • Suggested terms to look for include - diary, diaries, letters, papers, documents,  documentary or correspondence.

 

KEYWORD SEARCHING

  • Combine these these terms with the event or person you are researching.

For example:  civil war diary as a keyword search leads you to resources such as:

  • Captain Greenlee Davidson, C.S.A. : diary and letters, 1851-1863 / [compiled by] Charles W. Turner. (Rare Books E605 .D26 1975 )
  • A diary from Dixie, as written by Mary Boykin Chesnut, wife of James Chesnut, Jr., United States senator from South Carolina, 1859-1861, and afterward an aide to Jefferson Davis and a brigadier-general in the Confederate army ; ed. by Isabella D. Martin and Myrta Lockett Avary.(General Collection E487. C524 D5
  • A Confederate girl's diary [microform] / by Sarah Morgan Dawson ; with an introduction by Warrington Dawson and with illustrations.(Microforms MICRO LAC 16356)

 

SUBJECT SEARCHING

  • Search by subject for specific people and events, then scan the titles for those keywords or others such as memoirs, autobiography, report, or personal narratives.


For example:  a subject search for Kennedy, John F. leads to:

  • Report of the Warren Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. Introd. by Harrison E. Salisbury . With additional material prepared by the New York times exclusively for this edition. (General Collection  E842.9 .A55 1964 )
  • Letters to Kennedy / John Kenneth Galbraith ; edited by James Goodman.  (General Collection  E842 .A4 1998 )

 

AUTHOR SEARCHING

  • Search for specific people that you are aware of that were involved in the event, knew the person, or for the person himself as an author


For example:  an author search on Nixon, Richard leads to:

  • RN : the memoirs of Richard Nixon .  (General Collection E856 .A35 1988 )


And author search on Liddy, G. Gordon leads to:

  • Will : the autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy .  (General Collection E860.L713 W6 )

Search for More


  • Suggested terms to look for include - diary, diaries, letters, papers, documents, documentary or correspondence.

  • Combine these these terms with the event or person you are researching. (example: civil war diary)

  • Also search by subject for specific people and events, then scan the titles for those keywords or others such as memoirs, autobiography, report, or personal narratives.

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