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LBRL 110: Confession and Self-Promotion - Autobiography from Augustine to the Blogosphere: Home

This is a guide for Liberal Studies 110.

Research Materials

The following research materials on autobiography are in the WWU Libraries:


In the library catalog use the advanced keyword search to find topics in collections or series:

Example:  "early english books" and "trials"

Example:  "other voice in early modern europe" and "women"

Example:  "i tatti renaissance library" and "art"

Finding Books

First check to see if what you need is in Western's Online Catalog.  From the OneSearch drop-down menu, under "Books, Articles + More" choose "At WWU Only."

If it is not in the Western Libraries choose "WWU Libraries + Summit" from the drop-down menu. Summit materials you order will come in from Washington, Oregon or Idaho Libraries and will be available for pickup at the Circulation Desk.

If the item you need is not in Western Libraries or available from Summit libraries, you can order materials from outside the region using your ILLiad account, by choosing "Libraries Worldwide" from the drop-down menu.

Set up your ILLiad account once and it is your interlibrary loan account for your academic career at Western.

Search Terms and Subjects

Use the following terms to find historical documents. In a subject search these terms -- personal narrative, correspondence, diaries, early works to 1800, interviews, pamphlets, and blogs -- can be added to a person's name or a subject:

Subject Search: Jesus, Ursula de, 1604-1666 -- Diaries

Subject Search: Insurgency -- Iraq -- Blogs

Useful keywords include memoirs, letters, travel diaries, journals, autobiography, papers, portraits, autoethnography, and social networking.

Keyword Search: Heloise and letters

Digital storytelling and speeches can be searched as subjects or used in specifc keyword searches.

Keyword Search: Lincoln and speeches


Reference and Instruction Librarian

Margaret Fast

Website / Blog Page

Google Scholar

Search Google Scholar for scholarly articles and books. You can see what item are in Western Libraries be setting Scholar Preference Library Links to Western Washington University.