Browse footnotes and bibliographies of books, encyclopedias, and articles for information about primary sources.
Search the Library Catalog for primary sources--both unpublished manuscripts and modern editions in print and online, sometimes in translation, of original primary sources. Use the advanced search with terms like:
description and travel
With the exception of the
collections listed here,
newspapers are generally
not available full text before 1980,
especially non-US papers.
But older newspapers are
often available on microfilm
and can be interlibrary loaned.
There will be no index and
using newspapers on microfilm
is hard, time-consuming work.
To locate newspapers on
microfilm, use Worldcat:
country = subject
newspaper* = keyword,
limit = serial publications
format = microfilm.
Do NOT specify dates.
Rare and Manuscript Collections
The Rare and Manuscript Division is located in an underground addition attached to Olin Library. It houses manuscripts from a variety of periods and several special collections.
Archives typically have websites with basic information and contacts if not guides to and catalogs of their collections. Major archives and repositories generally publish guides in print which often can be found through a keyword search (using the name of the archive) in the CU catalog, Worldcat, or RLIN.
EastView Universal Databases
A rich collection of digital materials including Russian newspapers (in Russian), newswires (in English), government documents (in Russian), secondary books, secondary popular and scholarly articles (in English), and other materials. Best for late 20th-21st century topics.
Brill's Primary Sources Online: Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Excellent collection of media, images, press, from the early 20th century. (in Russian)
Published bibliographies--whole books/series devoted to listing and describing primary and secondary sources--are especially important for this historical period/regions.
To find them, use the catalog's guided keyword search = country + bibliography as subject words. The same strategy will work in Worldcat.
East Central and Southeast Europe : a handbook of library and archival resources in North America (1976) Olin Library Reference + Z2483 .E128
The Habsburg monarchy 1804-1918: books and pamphlets published in the United Kingdom between 1818-1967; a critical bibliography. Olin Library Z2119 .B85
Osterreichische historische Bibliographie. Austrian historical bibliography. (1945-2005) Olin Library Z2116 .O29
Bibliografia historii polskiej za lata. (1944-2005) Olin Library Z2526 .B582
Foreign relations of the United States: electronic facsimile. Some years may not be available. Also available through the Department of State
U.S. Congressional serial set (Online) 1817-1980 Full text of all the reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Still in progress.
A century of lawmaking for a new nation: U.S. Congressional documents and debates, 1774-1873 Presents records and acts of Congress from the Journals of the Continental Congress through The Congressional Globe, which ceased publication with the Forty-second Congress in 1873.
British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Included are the House of Commons Journal and House of Lords Journal
EastView Universal Databases- selected Russian newspapers in Russian (as well as other materials in English).
Lexis Nexis Academic News from around the world as of 1980.
Foreign Broadcast Information Services (FBIS) daily reports, 1974-1996. Official US government English translations of radio and television transcripts and newspaper articles from around the world. Pre-1974 text on microfiche or microfilm. See Locating FBIS Microfiche in Olin Library 1947-1974 is unindexed, by region on Olin Microfilm 298.
Library Press Display Recent issues only.
ProQuest historical newspapers. Older issues of major US papers such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, etc.
Periodicals Index Online (formerly PCI) Covers 1770-1993. Index. The scope is international, including journals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and other languages.
Readers' guide retrospective. Comprehensive index of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States 1890 through 1982.
Internationale Bibliographie der geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur: IBZ. (in print in Olin Reference) A German index of a significant proportion of the periodicals published on the European continent. 19th century.
American Periodical Series/APS online. 1740-1900. Indexes special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children’s and women’s magazines. Useful for historical advertising.