- 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.
- 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)
- 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 )
- 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 )