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HIST 221 American Material Culture -- Professor Adams: Finding Books

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Advice on Searching for Primary Sources

You will get limited results if you try to search for "primary sources" in library databases since the Library of Congress does not use that subject heading.  Try searching these subject headings instead:

sources
personal narratives
diaries
letters
documents

speeches
memoirs
novels, poetry, short stories, plays
visual media -- theatrical performances (including reviews and ads), television, movies

You will get limited results searching for the word "autobiography" since the Library of Congress does not use that subject heading.  Try searching for "biography" but then look to make sure that the author is also listed as a subject. That is your clue that the person is writing about him or herself, and that is a primary source.

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