The best way to find books is by going to the Books & Media tab on the Duke Libraries homepage and searching for keywords connected to your topic. Once you find a book that looks appropriate, click on the title and then click on the SUBJECTS tab. This will lead you to a list of all the books in our library on that subject.
To enlarge your search, try the following catalogs:
You can always use the ALL search on the Duke Libraries homepage. This will search across many databases. Or, you can use specific databases such as those below.
1. To find primary sources in our own David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library search for keywords related to your topic. You must register with the Rubenstein Library, request any items you find and then view the items in the Rubenstein reading room. Allow two business days for materials to be delivered before going to the reading room to view them.
2. Each subject guide on world regions has a section on primary documents.
3. On the library homepage, click on the "Research Databases" area and select the Primary Sources link under the dropdown menu marked "All Database Types." Then select a "Subject" from the dropdown menu. This will lead you to databases containing primary documents on your area of interest.
4. From the "Books & Media" section on the library homepage, you can search for keywords such as the name of a country and words like diary, letters, photographs. This will lead you to primary documents. Click on the "SUBJECTS" tab in these records and it will lead you to more primary sources on that topic.