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INQ 270 The Black Death (Breault): Home

Databases for Secondary Sources

Digital Collections

These collections contain many secondary sources and may also link to or reference primary sources.

Digital Collections for Primary Sources

Tips for Finding Primary Resources

  • Citation mining: use secondary sources to help lead you to primary sources. Look at the bibliography/references section of your source for leads. Also look for published bibliographies on a particular topic. Many of these are available online--Wikipedia can sometimes be a helpful for finding these!

  • When using the search box on the Fintel Library homepage, try adding terms such as these along with your topic keywords: personal narrative, interview, journal, diary, correspondence, pamphlet, sources, speeches, manuscripts, documents, documentary etc.

  • Limit your searches by date depending on the time period of your topic/event.

  • Use the advanced Google search and include terms like "digital collection," "digital archive," etc. Also try limiting the site to .edu to because many digital collections are created by colleges and universities.

Discover Fintel Search Tips

These are some recommended Subject Terms for the Discover Fintel search box on the home page. To use these in your search, go to the Advanced Search screen and change the dropdown menu that says "Any Field" to "Subject": 

Black Death

Black Death -- Europe

Plague -- Europe -- History

Medicine, Medieval

Diseases and history

Epidemics -- History