There are certain words that appear in the subject headings of items in MERLIN that constitute primary sources. The most important of them is sources, but there are others.
In the simple keyword search box, you can put such words after SU: in order to specify the SUBJECT field.
ex.: crusades and SU:sources
In the advanced keyword search, you can put your search term(s) in the top box, and in the second box, put the word(s) you're using to locate primary sources in the next box, and change the drop-down menu to Subject:
Keywords that will help you find primary sources:
Depending on the period being studied, it can also be helpful to limit your search by publication date.
More keywords identifying primary sources in Library of Congress Subject Headings
To find the papers of a historically prominent individual, use the Advanced MERLIN Search. Use the first line to specify the author (surname first, e.g., Jefferson, Thomas) and the second line to specify papers in the title. You can also use the Advanced search to combine any of the above primary source oriented keywords with a particular author.
Literature Online has a wealth of poetry. You can browse the poetry collection, search the poetry collection by keyword, author, genre, etc. or watch videos of poets reading their works. To find poems published in journals, search "Criticism" and tick the box for "literary works".
The MERLIN catalog sometimes lists poems published in recent books, but not always. Use these print indexes to find poetry by author, title, first line, or by topic and discover in which books or journals they've been published. Then look for the book or journal by title.
Literature Online provides online texts of many English and American literary works with a search mechanism to facilitate text analysis. From the main LION menu, choose Texts to search for words and phrases within a specific work or group of works. LION also lists literary works published in journals. To find these, choose Criticism and tick the box to limit to "literary works".
Google Book Search provides online full text of many books, including anthologies of short stories. There may be limitations on viewing pages published after 1923, but some short stories may fall within these limits.
The MERLIN Catalog includes a variety of short stories in both print and electronic formats. Searching by the Subject Heading "Short Stories" will result in a list of broad and specified collections of short stories based on time periods, geographic regions, cultures, and more.
The Short Story Index (Ref. Z5917.S5 C62) listing stories and showing where they have been published. You can also use this index to identify short stories by topic or theme.