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HIST1050: The Modern World - Human Rights: Library Catalogs

Search Terms for Primary Sources

To find primary sources in library catalogs, the following search terms - coupled with your subject terms - are among the most useful:

  • Anecdotes
  • Archives
  • Biography
  • caricatures and cartoons
  • case studies
  • Catalogs
  • comic books, strips
  • correspondence
  • description and travel
  • diaries
  • documentary films
  • exhibitions
  • interviews
  • manuscripts
  • maps
  • notebooks, sketchbooks
  • personal narratives
  • photography
  • pictorial works
  • portraits
  • public opinion
  • songs and music
  • sources
  • speeches
  • statistics
  • statues

Library Catalogs

Cheng Library Catalog
Contents of the Cheng Library's collection.

PALS Plus Catalog
PALS Plus is 20 public and academic libraries located in Passaic and Essex Counties, NJ. Its members share library and computer resources to better serve the information needs of local communities. This is the PALS Plus catalog.

Search other library catalogs in New Jersey.

New Jersey State Library Catalog
The State Library's catalog has the most complete collection of New Jersey government documents, many of which pertain to suburban issues.

WorldCat is a huge union catalog of libraries in the U.S. and other countries; it contains over 2.1 billion records.


Some Other Sources of Books

Google Books (Advanced Book Search Screen)
Access to thousands of titles in the public domain (i.e., with copyright dates of 1922 or earlier).

Hathi Trust Digital Library
HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide. The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations. A substantial part of the collections accessible through the digital library are in the public domain and accessible, but not all of it, so be aware of this if you search it.

Internet Archive: E-Books and Texts
Over 3 million scanned texts public domain, including many titles and a substantial collection of U.S. Government Documents (over 85,000 items).


Subject Guide

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Reference and Information Services Office, Room 107g
David and Lorraine Cheng Library
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470