Always keep in mind that primary sources use the language of the period. Words may be spelled differently, and terms used to refer to events or people may vary from modern usage.
When searching for information related to an event, use the limits in the database to narrow your search to a particular date or period of time. This will eliminate later material on the same subject from your search results.
● Missouri Digital Newspaper Project
Historic newspapers from the Missouri State Historical Society
These databases are collections of journals covering many subjects, including history and Jewish studies.
To search for print or online books in our library, use the MERLIN library catalog. The easiest way to find specific books is to search by title or author (last name first). To search for books on a topic, do a keyword search. Remember to put multiple word phrases in quotation marks (for example, "civil war") to search the words together in the catalog.
Search tip for primary sources: To find primary sources in books, try adding one of the following to your keywords: diaries, personal narratives, documents, sources, oral history, interviews, speeches, and correspondence.
Find even more books using the MOBIUS catalog, which searches more than 60 libraries in the state of Missouri. You can go directly to the MOBIUS catalog to search, or if you are searching in MERLIN, you can simply switch to MOBIUS by clicking the "Search MOBIUS" button.
Use the "Request" link to get materials from other libraries. Books generally take between 2 and 5 business days to arrive when coming from another Missouri library. You will receive an email when they are available to check out at the library.