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History 4971.1 - Karl Marx: A 19th Century Life: 19th Century Sources

London Times newspaper

Indexing for the London Times (but NOT full-text searching) is available in C19 (see next column).

Free Web

19th Century Journals and Newspapers (US and British)

For books published in the 19th Century, you can use the same tools listed under Books - mainly MERLIN and Google Books

Finding Primary Sources in the Library Catalog

key source for 17th c British history.  Photo by pobrecito33 (Flickr)There are certain words that appear in the subject headings of items in the UM LIBRARIES CATALOG 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.: Civil War 1861 and marx and S: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:

  • sources
  • correspondence
  • sermons
  • diaries
  • personal narratives
  • interviews
  • quotations
  • collections
  • speeches
  • manuscripts
  • archives
  • conduct manuals

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.


Freiheit newspaper

British Parliamentary Papers

The papers of the British Parliament are available in different formats over the course of different years, and have been produced in different manners over the several centuries of their publication.  For an introduction to the MU Libraries' holdings of the Parliamentary Papers, see the Parliamentary Papers library guide.