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HIST 4300: Nineteenth-Century British Empire & India: Primary Sources


SMU Databases (requires log on) that focus on primary resources

18th & 19th Century Resources

Indian Resources

East India Company

Government documents: English Empire

Newspapers,  Periodicals & Pamphlets

Searching the SMU Library Catalog

The following standardized terms can prove helpful when searching the SMU Library Catalog for published primary sources:

  • Use terms for primary resources such as:
  • Addresses
  • Autobiography
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Pamphlets
  • Personal narratives
  • Pictorial Works
  • Speeches
  • Treaties (or other government documents)
  • Religious texts or law (these will have specific names)

Add search terms specific to the country, era or event you are interested in.

Books: Balance basic keyword searches in the library catalog with advanced searches that permit searching by the "subject headings"

Books can be secondary or primary resources.

Search these resources for books