Literature (in English): Primary Literature

This guide covers all genres of American and British Literature
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What Does Primary Mean?

Primary literature refers to original texts, which may include various formats--diaries, newspaper articles, or sermons, for example. Search MARQCAT to discover the library's editions of a particular author. The library collections on this page are digital collections of primary works--books and newspapers --mostly from earlier centuries.

Full text collections

Important Digital Collections

Access to these collections is limited to Marquette users, including off campus use via these procedures.


Children's Diaries

Historic Iowa Children's Diaries (digital collection from the University of Iowa Libraries, State Historical Society of Iowa, and more) is a great resource for examining the lives of children in the 1870s. Covers diaries of young Iowans 1862-1907 with a browse feature by decade.