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Literature in English: Victorian Literature

Journal Articles

What is a primary source?

A primary source provides direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art.  Characteristically, primary sources are contemporary to the events and people described and show minimal or no mediation between the document/artifact and its creator.  As to the format, primary source materials can be written and non-written, the latter including sound, picture, and artifact.  Examples include:

  • personal correspondence and diaries
  • speeches and oral histories
  • photographs and posters
  • newspaper ads and stories
  • audio and video recordings

Primary Sources: Online Collections

Primary Sources: Newspapers and Magazines



Background Life and Culture

Call Numbers and Catalog Subject Headings

Need to browse the stacks?
Here are some relevant call number ranges: 
Victorian-era Literature (British)
PR 460+ 

Victorian-era Literature (American) 
PS 991+

Victorian-era History, Great Britain
DA 550-565

Use some of the following subject headings in the online catalog.

  • Cookery, British
  • Cookery, English
  • Home Economics (then limit by publication date)
  • Home Economics England 19th century
  • Country or Region (ie. England) -- description and travel
  • Country or Region -- guide books
  • Indoor Games
  • Amusements -- country
  • Great Britain -- social life and customs -- 19th century
  • Leisure -- Great Britain -- history
  • Funeral Rites and Ceremonies -- by country
  • Death-- social aspects
  • Children -- Great Britain
  • Women--history--England-- 19th century
  • Working class -- Great Britain


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