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Books in McHenry Library containing Historical Primary Documents

Let's say you want to find primary sources, but prefer to flip through books to find them. This is possible and relatively easy because there are a number of published books that contain primary sources in them in the UCSC library collection. The primary sources contained in these books may be scans or facsimiles of the original source or may include retyped text of an old letter or newspaper. Sometimes they only include snippets of the primary source or extended quotes. To find such books in McHenry Library using Library Search, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Start your Search

  1. Go to Library Search Tip: Login for access to Interlibrary Loan
  2. Click Advanced Search
  3. On the first search line, enter your search term or phrase and change Material Type to Books
  4. On the second search line use pull-down menu to select Subjectenter the word autobiography. The search will look like this: 
    Advanced Search screen setup
  5. Tip: Examine the record, look in the subject headings to confirm that "Sources" is a part of the subject heading. Remember, not all books in the results include the copy of the original primary documents; some may only include an extended quotation.

Step 2: Modify your Search -  You may substitute the word sources for any of the words below: 

autobiographies interviews narratives
correspondence letters pamphlets
diaries memoirs speeches
early works to 1800 oral histories  


Step 3: Where's the book

Consult the Item Locations guide to see which floor the book is on.

You may need to Request the book through Interlibrary Loan if it's not available at UCSC.  Allow 4-5 days for a physical book to be ready for you to pick up at the library.

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