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HIST 4004: History of Spain: Primary Sources

Primary Sources by Period

Add links to each sub-page of this page.  Sub-pages will be by century or other meaningful time period.

What's a Primary Source?

Norsk (bokmål)‬: Side fra Kongespeilet.A primary source is any record contemporary to an event or time period.  Primary sources may be written, oral, visual or physical.  They may be intentional (created for posterity) or unintentional. They may be religious writings, literary works, maps, record books, songbooks, artworks, and more.

Medieval Abbreviations

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.: civil war and SU:Spain and SU:sources

Keywords that will help you find primary sources:

  • sources
  • early works
  • correspondence
  • interviews
  • sermons
  • quotations
  • collections

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.

Primary Sources -Online Versions

Available via ILL

The Center for Research Libraries in Chicago is a treasure trove of rare primary sources, including international sources, which they loan to member libraries on generous terms.  Tricks for finding primary sources in the UM LIBRARIES CATALOG can also work in CRL's catalog (sample keyword search:. viking* and su:sources).

Sources on this topic are often in languages other than English.

If you locate an item you wish to request, use ILL@MU.