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Kreitzberg Library for CGCS Students

Find Primary Source Materials

An introduction to finding primary source materials.

Searching the Library's Book Collection

In this example, I'm going to use the library's catalog to search for diaries from World War II.

  • Remember to put "World War II" in quotes to search it as a phrase.
  • As you can see, we get 83 results for items available through the Kreitzberg Library.
  • You can narrow your results by format from the options in the menu on the left.
  • Click the Access online button to access eBooks.
  • Print books that are available through the library can be requested.

Finding primary source materials through the online Kreitzberg Library

Reviewing a Book Record in Library Catalog

I choose one book available through the library in physical copy, which is Captured on Corregidor: Diary of an American P.O.W. in World War II. This seems like a good example of a primary source at first glance but remember to evaluate it thoroughly.

  • I can try to find other materials similar to these but looking at the Subjects listed under the Description section. For example, I could click on the Prisoners of war Philippines Diaries link to find other diaries from prisoners of war in the Phillippines.

Looking at subject headings under Description