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Language, Writing & Rhetoric

This is a guide to important print and electronic sources in the fields of Language, Writing & Rhetoric. The emphasis is on material available in the University of Maryland Libraries' collections, but some Internet sources are also included. Email or phon

Special Collections at the University of Maryland

The Special Collections at the University of Maryland Libraries is home to many primary source collections. Use this guide as a springboard for your research in the rich archives at the University of Maryland. 


ArchiveGrid is a searchable index of over 5 million archival records, representing over 1000 different archival institutions. It also offers a map function that allows you to find archives near you. 

Accessing primary sources through databases

Below you'll find a list of core primary source databases that offer access to full-text books, pamphlets, newspapers, and periodicals from the early modern period through the 19th century. The focus is English language materials published in the United States and Great Britain. For a more thorough guide to primary sources check out the British and US Primary Sources guide.