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HIST 322 Tudor and Stuart Britain: Find Primary Sources

A guide to library resources for Dr. Cavert's HIST 322 Tudor and Stuart Britain course

Consult Bibliographies

Reference sources may contain citations to repositories of papers or other primary material. The American National Biography and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography are good examples of such sources.

Bibliographies in scholarly books often arrange sources consulted by type. The language may vary but the arrangement is clear - primary and secondary, published and unpublished, manuscripts, letters, papers, archives, etc.

Footnotes in books and journal articles may refer to contemporary publications or other primary materials.

Find Period Books

Search these sources for digitized versions of period books and pamphlets:

Finding Primary Source Books in CLICnet

Search the CLICsearch to find primary sources in printed books and ebooks.   When searching the catalog, you will want to use specific subject headings in your searches to single out the primary source materials.  These subject headings are specialized "tag" added to the records to books by catalog librarians to provide accurate descriptions of books.  Using the following subject headings in your search will help you find the source material you seek:

  • correspondence
  • literary collections 
  • personal narratives
  • pictorial works 
  • songs and music
  • sources
  • diary or diaries

Find Primary Sources on the Web

These digital collections contain primary source materials from the Tudor and Stuart eras: