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Historical Research

guide to select resource for historical research, including online digital collections, and print and microform collections in the Blume Library, including primary sources

How can you find additional resources?

I encourage you to expand your research to collections at other libraries.

Borrow from other libraries - You will be able to use either Interlibrary Loan or TexShare to borrow these materials. Ask a librarian for help if you have any questions.

WorldCat will help you identify books, archival collections, and articles available from other libraries. 

Interlibrary Loan

If our library does not have a book or article you need, St. Mary's University students, faculty and staff may order it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Don't forget to ask a librarian for help if you have questions.

TexShare

sample TexShare Card imageTexShare is a statewide program through which St. Mary's current students, faculty, and staff may check out materials, in person, from participating TexShare libraries.

You can get a free TexShare card at the Blume Library Circulation Counter.  TexShare cards are only valid for one semester. You will need to get a new card each semester. You must present a current TexShare card, your St. Mary's Rattler ID card, and a photo ID (if your St. Mary's ID does not include a photo) at the library from which you wish to borrow materials.

For borrowers from other institutions:
Borrowers from other institutions can pay Texshare fines, assessed by the Blume Library, with a credit card using the Texshare online payment form.

WorldCat - Search the World's Libraries

Search WorldCat for books, journals, primary and archival resources, and other materials owned by libraries in Texas and worldwide. 

Search for an item in libraries near you:
WorldCat.org >>

You can request materials we do not own via Interlibrary Loan. Or, get a TexShare Card and borrow materials in person at a participating Texas library.  

Don't forget to ask a librarian for help if you have questions.

Find Primary Sources in WorldCat and the Blume Library

To find primary sources on you topic, try searching you topic (ex: witchcraft, slavery, Texas, Bexar, etc.) in combination with one of the following words:

Search Term When To Use It
sources generic term, often produces the most results
archive use with organizations, individuals and families
archival resources use with topics and geographic areas (counties, cities, etc.)
correspondence use with individuals, familes, classes of people, ethnic groups
diaries use with individuals and families
manuscripts use with individuals
notebooks, sketchbooks, etc. use with individuals
personal narratives use with names of events
personnel records use with organizations and military units
records and correspondence

use with organizations and groups

speeches, addresses, etc

use with individuals or groups

 

Example Search

A search in WorldCat.org or the Library Catalog on the terms "slaves and correspondence" finds books that includes primary source material on African Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction.