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HY200 Topics in History: Urban History: Primary Source Databases by Region

Use a Secondary Source to Find a Primary Source

A bibliography from a good secondary source is a great way to identify primary sources.

Citing Primary Sources

The following sites offer guides to citing primary sources in the Chicago style:

Library of Congress

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Citation at a Glance: Primary Source from a Web Site (Diana Hacker)

Primary Source Databases by Region

Searching for Primary Sources

To find primary sources, try using these terms in keyword searches:

  • Autobiography
  • Capitivity narratives
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Document
  • Letters
  • Memoirs
  • Oral History
  • Papers
  • Personal narratives
  • Photographs
  • Records
  • Sources
  • Speeches
Examples

Keyword Searches

slavery and speeches
women and diaries
colorado and oral history

Author Searches

Lincoln, Abraham
Temperance Society
United Nations

Urban History and Design Subject Headings

The Library of Congress uses the following subject headings for books about urban design and city planning. Your best bet is to do a subject search using these headings, but you may also want to do a keyword search too.

  • Cities and towns
  • City and town life
  • City planners
  • City planning
  • City planning - Environmental aspects
  • City planning - United States - Case studies
  • City planning - United States - History
  • Gentrification - United States
  • Housing
  • Inner cities
  • Neighborhoods -- United States
  • Public housing
  • Regional planning
  • Residential mobility
  • Sociology, Urban
  • Suburbs
  • Sustainable development
  • Urban beautification
  • Urban communities
  • Urban policy
  • Urban renewal
  • Urbanization
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