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How to Find Primary Sources in History: World History

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Cold War Europe

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Primary Sources in World History

Published Sources

To locate published primary sources, consider the following search strategies in the Library Catalog:

KEYWORD SEARCHES  Add the following terms to your keyword searches with AND.




     personal narratives

     (letters OR correspondence)

     public records


     description and travel


      french revolution AND sources

      holocaust AND (letters or correspondence)

SUBJECT SEARCHES Use Library of Congress Subject Headings.  (Click here to learn more.)


World War, 1939-1945 -- Sources.

AUTHOR SEARCHES    Use the names of  people and organizations that are central to your topic as authors. (Hint: If you perform this search in WorldCat, limit your search to books.)

Examples of author searches:

   East India Company

   luther, martin

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