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History 320: Age of Revolutions: Finding Primary Sources


Any of the following resources can help you identify potential visual primary sources:

Online Digital Collections

These digital collections provide a very wide selection of primary source materials.

Library of Congress Subject Headings for Primary Sources

Library of Congress Subject Headings are quite useful for discovering primary sources. The following subheadings usually are added to indicate that the material is a primary source: sources, personal narratives, correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, or notebooks.  Once you've discovered the subject heading for secondary sources, try adding one of the primary source subheadings to see what you find.  Here's an example:

Secondary source subject heading: France -- History-- Revolution, 1789-1799

Primary source subject heading:  France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- personal narratives

When you know the author of the texts you are seeking, simply do an author search in Primo.  Once you've run the search, you can use the facets on the left hand side to select English.

Maximilien Robespierre, 1758-1794

Aleksandr Herzen, 1812-1870.


Search Primo for Primary Sources

Google Books

Thousands of books published before 1922 (and hence out of copyright) have been digitized and made available to you through Google Books!

Google Book Search

Newspapers & Journals