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Topic: History of the American Catholic Church: Find Primary Sources

Find Primary Sources in Books

Search LibrarySearch to find primary sources in 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 personal narratives
literary collections  pictorial works 
diary or diaries songs and music


Find Period Books, Magazines and Newspaper Articles

* Catholic Periodical and Literature Index  OSF-Reference Indexes AI3 .C286

  (Located on the second floor in the Great Room near the Current Periodicals )
Print index to Catholic interest journals, magazines, reviews, newspapers and church/papal documents. The indexes cover the time period, 1930-1980.

*  Guide to Catholic Literature   OSF - Reference  Indexes AI3 . C28
(Located on the second floor in the Great Room near the Current Periodicals )
Print index to Catholic interest publication.  The indexes cover the time period 1880 - 1967

Find Primary Sources on the Web


  • Catholic Portal
    The Catholic Research Resources Portal, or "Catholic Portal," provides global, freely available access to rare, unique and/or uncommon materials in libraries, seminaries, special collections and archives. There are over 25 subject guides offering assistance in finding relevant materials in the Catholic Portal.