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HIST 3310:History of Inequality: Primary Resources

Primary sources are original, first-hand testimony. They tell the story as experienced by witnesses.

These sources help depict what actually happened - or at least what someone who was there says he or she experienced.

These may include photographs, interviews, novels, speeches, letters, statistical data, artifacts or treaties.

Searching the SMU Library Catalog

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.