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New Jersey History Day 2014: Library Catalogs

A research guide for students working on New Jersey History Day projects.

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 100 million records.

Subject Guide

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David and Lorraine Cheng Library
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470