Librarian for History
Librarian for English/Comparative Literature
Carolina BLU Campus Delivery Service
Through the Carolina BLU Delivery Service, you can request to have books and articles available at any of the UNC-CH campus libraries, as well as books and articles requested through interlibrary loan, delivered to the campus library most convenient to you.
Search for Books
One good strategy when you are searching the library catalog is to begin with a simple keyword search to identify one or more relevant resources. Keyword terms used to find primary sources can include:
- Personal narratives
- Archival resources
Examples of keyword searches might look like:
Once you identify appropriate items, Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings can be used to narrow your search and link you to similar resources with the same subject heading. Subject headings are found under the "Description" or "Full Record" tabs.
For example, a search conducted using a LC subject heading is: Slavery--United States--Personal narratives
Archives and Manuscript Collections
Researchers have access to unpublished primary source documents found in special collections on campus. These collections can be searched in the library's catalog by conducting an Advanced Search, and using the "Format" and "Location" drop-down boxes. In addition, because not all items in those collections are listed in the online catalog, check collection guides at their websites.
- Southern Historical Collection
- Southern Folklife Collection
- University Archives and Record Management Services
- North Carolina Collection
- Rare Books Collection
- Southern Oral History Program
Be aware that special procedures and policies are in place in all archives and manuscripts collections. If you have not visited any of these collections before, an email message or phone call in advance of your visit is recommended.
Electronic Primary Sources
The library subscribes to a growing number of electronic databases that include primary source materials. These databases are accessible through the library's website. See the menu item labeled "UNC Electronic Primary Sources" at the top of this page for a list of databases containing primary source material.