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  1. AMERICAN CIVIL WARSOURCES Based on Presentation Delivered to HST 304

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Unit HistoriesUse this “Advanced Keyword Search”Template • SUBJECT: CIVIL WAR 1861 • SUBJECT: [COUNTRY OR STATE] • SUBJECT: [TYPE OF UNIT] • Any Field:[NUMERICAL PERMUTATIONS]

  5. EXAMPLES:

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. COMBINE “REGIMENTAL HISTORIES”WITH A BATTLE’S NAME

  9. General Ben “The Beast” Butler

  10. What the !!!???***

  11. West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. Vol. 2. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005. p195.

  12. 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.

  13. CAUTION: MEMOIRS SOURCE: Hamilton, Milton. "Augustus Buell: Fraudulent Historian", Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 80 (1956), 478-92

  14. FINDING PRIMARY SOURCESIN THE ONLINE CATALOG:1. See if your person wrote something

  15. AUSTIN BLAIR

  16. ONLINE CATALOG SEARCH

  17. RESEARCH IN AN ARCHIVES

  18. FINDING PRIMARY SOURCESIN THE ONLINE CATALOG: 2. RESTRICT BY DATE OF PUBLICATION

  19. JUDAH BENJAMIN: • 2nd Jewish Senator in U.S. History • Confederate: • Attorney General • Secretary of War • Secretary of State • British Legal Expert

  20. FINDING PRIMARY SOURCESIN THE ONLINE CATALOG:3. STANDARDIZED SUBDIVISIONS

  21. Operations at Sea: Diary