Use the library's online catalog to locate books, films, microfilm, and other materials in the library. Search by Author, Title, Subject, Call Number, or Keyword, or use the Advanced Search feature to combine these features.
Books may serve as either primary or secondary sources, depending on the content and when they were written. Books may also contain references to primary source material in the text or in the bibliography.
You can start with a keyword search to identify relevant items. From there, look at the subject headings used to describe that item to identify other potential items (click on the subject heading to see all other items that are tagged with that subject).
To locate potential primary sources, look for subject headings that contain terms such as diaries, letters, correspondence, autobiography, interviews, or personal narratives following the main heading.
Some call number ranges that may be helpful:
Biographical information can sometimes be useful in providing context to a source. Many biographical entries also provide information on other works, including primary sources, that pertain to a particular person or time period. This list is not comprehensive. Search the catalog for other titles based on your topic.