Use the Library Catalog to locate print sources such as published letters or diaries. These sources will often be shelved along with secondary sources in the main part of the library. Key terms to use in searching to limit the search to primary documents include "correspondence" and "diaries."
[Quaker] F251 .J28 v.22
These same search methods can also be used through WorldCat to expand your search to additional publications which may be available to you through Interlibrary Loan. Limit to the book format to locate items more likely to be available to you or leave the format open to also include listings for manuscript collections with more restricted use.
Example Documents and Digitized Sources Available Online:
Example Full-Text Subscription Databases with Primary Sources Available to Guilford students:
African-American Newspapers : the 19th Century
America's Historical Newspapers via NewsBank
Digital Library on American Slavery
New York Times Historical Newspaper via ProQuest Company
North American Women's Letters and Diaries via Alexander Street Press
Sanborn Maps North Carolina via NCLive
[Go to Databases (Alphabetical) for direct links and a full list of online databases at Guilford]
Example: Homelessness NOT New York (excludes articles that mention New York)
Truncate when that is an option to expand possibilities
(Example: Child* to include both Child and Children)
Publications listed in this guide can be cited using your prefered format (see some options in box below) but need to includes some elements more unique to unpublished archival sources.
Unpublished sources may not have all the elements you are used to including for publications but that doesn't mean you don't include them in you list of works cited. Citations for an archival items usually include the following:
Collection name (example: Mary Mendenhall Hobbs Papers)
Repository name and institution (example: Friends Historical Collection, Guilford College)
Repository location (example: Greensboro, N.C.)
You also need to note other details, such as the item name and date, when quoting for pieces within a larger collection. For example, the author and date of a letter. Depending upon the particular collection, you may also need to include a series title and/or folder title.
[item], [folder title], [series title (if any)], [collection name], [accession or manuscript number], Friends Historical Collection, Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.
Citation Builder (NC State University) - APA, MLA, CBE, Chicago
Easybib is an automatic citation generator. The free version that students are mostly famiiar with allows users to cite in MLA style only. Hege Library has acquired the Library Edition of Easybib, which offers MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian citation formats.
Easybib Library Edition allows you to export citations from many library research databases and WorldCat.
This tool is meant as a solid starting point for source citation, but does not replace manual source attribution or override professor style preference.
Access EasyBib at http://library.guilford.edu/services/instructional-tech-toolkit/. It is available off campus via this link by logging in with your Guilford network name and password.