AMERICAN CIVIL WARSOURCES Based on Presentation Delivered to HST 304
OUTLINE Civil War Search Strategies in the Online Catalog Online Reference Tools Finding Primary Sources Online Catalog American Memory Am. Civil War Letters & Diaries Official Records Harper’s Weekly Questions
Search Strategies in the Online Catalog:Unit Histories SUBJECTS: • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 24th (1862-1865) • United States. Army. Iron Brigade • United States—History—Civil War, 1861-1865—Regimental Histories • Michigan—History—Civil War, 1861-1865—Regimental Histories
Unit HistoriesUse this “Advanced Keyword Search”Template • SUBJECT: CIVIL WAR 1861 • SUBJECT: [COUNTRY OR STATE] • SUBJECT: [TYPE OF UNIT] • Any Field:[NUMERICAL PERMUTATIONS]
Battles and Campaigns:Use Subject Search: Names of a Battle or Campaign • Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862 • Corydon, Battle of, Corydon, Ind., 1863 • Morgan’s Ohio Raid, 1863 • New Mexico Campaign, 1862 • Petersburg Crater, Battle of, Va., 1864 • Sherman’s March to the Sea • Valverde, Battle of Val Verde, N.M., 1862 • Wilderness, Battle of the, Va., 1864
SiegesUse this format in the Subject Catalog[City (State)] – History -- Siege, [date] • Baton Rouge (La.) – History – Siege, 1862 • Charleston (S.C) – History – Siege, 1863 • Corinth (Miss.) – History – Siege, 1863 • Fort Fisher (N.C.) – History – Siege, 1864-1865 • Knoxville (Tenn.) – History – Siege, 1863 • Petersburg (Va.) – History – Siege, 1864-1865
West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. Vol. 2. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005. p195.
PRIMARY SOURCES:Definition “…items that are directly associated with their producer or user and the time period in which they were created. Examples, include diaries, newspapers articles, government documents, photographs, oral interviews, and news broadcasts.” Presnell, Jenny L. The information-literate historian : a guide to research for history students (New York : Oxford University Press, 2007): 93.
CAUTION: MEMOIRS SOURCE: Hamilton, Milton. "Augustus Buell: Fraudulent Historian", Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 80 (1956), 478-92
FINDING PRIMARY SOURCESIN THE ONLINE CATALOG:1. See if your person wrote something
FINDING PRIMARY SOURCESIN THE ONLINE CATALOG: 2. RESTRICT BY DATE OF PUBLICATION
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