TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY Pickler Memorial Library Truman State University

Primary Sources

Primary sources are generally considered to be firsthand accounts of an event or the actual documents associated with an event.  Firsthand accounts can be found in diaries, memoirs, letters, speeches, autobiographies, scholarly articles giving the results of research, etc.  Documents might be laws, treaties, transcripts of hearings, court cases, etc.

Here's how to find them in the Library.

Firsthand accounts

Speeches, letters, journals, diaries, etc. of an individual may be found by looking in the Library Catalog for the name of that person as an author.

east india company

Books which are collections of personal stories or reminiscences of an event are listed with the subdivision PERSONAL NARRATIVES.  Do a keyword search in the  Library Catalog.

slave trade and s:narratives


Books that are collections of various documents from a particular country will have the word SOURCES as part of the subject in the Library Catalog.  Use s:sources as part of your keyword search.  You can also search for a particular event in the same way.
                    s:sources and india and (england or britian or british)


The Library also has a large microform collection containing  primary source material. 

Click to view the entire list of our Microform Collections by subject.

Colonial Discourses, Series One: Women, Travel & Empire, 1660-1914

Hakluyt Society Publications   Try this keyword search in the library catalog: hakluyt society and s:india

Early English Books 1475-1700     Try this keyword search in the library catalog: early english books and s:india

Parliamentary Debates 1066-1949 (Cobbett)

Parliamentary Debates 1803-1949 (Hansard

Web sites - see also the class page for more resources (look in the primary sources & web sites categories).

The British Library - some digitized material available

Digital collections at the National Library of Australia

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