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RELST/WGST 4750/7750 Women, Religion, and Culture: Primary Sources

Finding Primary Sources in the Library Catalog

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.: marriage 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:

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

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

Book Examples

These are just a few examples.  Look at the subject headings for these records and read the descriptions to have a better understanding of what keywords to use to find books with primary sources within them or that are primary sources.

Religious Proclamations and Interpretations

Religion-Specific Sites on/by Women

These are only a few examples. 

Laws, Trials