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HIST 300: Historian's Craft: Catalog searching: Primary & Secondary

Thomas Cooper Library resources and services especially for HIST 300: Historian's Craft

Catalog Search

Classic Catalog Search
Classic Catalog Search

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Use the Library Catalog to search for any type of item owned by the University Libraries including books, films, journals, newspapers, and documents.

What if USC Columbia does not own a book?

If the library does not have a book you need, we have services available to help you get it.


Practice searching for books on history topics in this short tutorial.

Search Terms for Primary Sources

Try a keyword search to identify books with primary source material. Example: women and civil war and s:personal narratives

Including the term s:personal narratives tells the library catalog to search for personal narratives as a subject word.

There are lots of keywords that can be used to identify books with primary source material. Some examples are:

anecdotes archives
biography caricatures and cartoons
case studies correspondence
description and travel diaries
documentary films documentary photography
interviews manuscripts
notebooks personal narratives
pictorial works public opinion
songs and music sources
speeches statistics


To learn more, go to the Finding Primary Resources guide.

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