History 320

Emotions in Japanese History
Professor: Eiko Maruko Siniawer
Spring 2021

Search Strategies

The following strategies can be used in Williams library catalog and other library catalogs, such Williams WorldCat and HathiTrust Digital Library.   

Search by Author

Memoirs, speeches, writings, or correspondence of a known person, organization, or government entity can be found by doing a Browse Search by author.

Search by Subject

Usually, library catalog records have at least one Subject describing the general topic of the book, video, or other material. Subjects can be subdivided to indicate further topical breakdown, geographical location, time period, or the form of the composition. Some of the form subdivisions that indicate the item is a primary source include:

Personal narratives, Correspondence, Diaries, Interviews (useful when you don't have the name of a specific person)

Sources (collections of primary sources)

Pictorial works

Motion pictures and Documentary films
Be sure to limit search by audio visual format to narrow to the actual films instead of books about films.



Search by Keywords

Use the Advanced Search to combine the above primary source subjects with keywords or Subjects for your topic.

Limit by Date

Remember, primary sources were written around the same time as an event or during a particular historical time period. To find contemporary writings, you can do searches in the library catalog by subject and limit to the years in question. A word of caution: this search strategy will not find materials that were reprinted at a later date.