HISTORY 201: The Historian's Craft: World of Alexander Hamilton (Fall 2020) : Books
Finding Primary Sources in Books (in the Library Catalog)
Books may be or contain primary sources. Examples may include personal narratives, memoirs, and autobiographies, collected works, and collections of documents. They may be published at the time or compiled and published at a later time.
Use the tips below to search the Library Catalog for books that contain primary sources.
- Words in catalog records can identify an item as a primary source. Search for format related words like: advertisements, autobiographies, correspondence, diaries, documents, interviews, journal, letters, manuscripts, personal narratives, sources, speeches, etc. You can combine a primary-source format word with words describing your topic (e.g., letters and Lincoln or diaries and civil war).
- To find diaries, letters, autobiographies, personal papers, etc., by a particular person, search for the person's name as an author.
- Use the "Years" dropdown to filter results to a period of time.
On This Page
This page provides links to collections of 18th and 19th - century books, books that Alexander Hamilton and his compatriots would have read and written.
Additionally included are tips on finding primary resources using the Library Catalog.
Freely Available E-books
Some of the largest collections of freely-available electronic books: