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HIST 490 Histories of Confinement

This course guide will help you locate sources for your essays on the histories of confinements: prisons, camps and penal colonies.

Try these keywords in the library catalogue and other databases. To narrow your search include additional terms such as the name of a person, place or event.

correctional institutions detention facilities female offenders
female prisoners imprisonment incarceration
institutionalized persons internment camps penal colonies
political prisoners prison conditions prison culture
prison literature prison narratives prison poetry
prisoners' writing prisoners prisoners education
transgender prisoners women prisoners  


Primary Sources

To locate primary sources in the library catalogue, add the keyword sources, documents, diaries, personal narratives or correspondence to other relevant search terms.

You can find primary documents on the Web using similar keywords like those used to locate sources in the library catalogue and keywords such as eyewitness, first-hand accounts, oral history, autobiography, digital exhibition, digital collection, and primary sources.

The digital libraries and archives listed at the bottom of this course guide may include both secondary and primary sources. The Internet Archive for example can be searched using titles, keywords and subjects. For example,

subject: "Prisoners' writings" 

subject: "Prisoners' writings, American"

The library also subscribes to a number of digitized thematic collections of primary sources.


Journal Articles

eBook Collections

Digital Libraries & Archives

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