South Asian and Indian History

Welcome

Your assignments at university are an invitation to join a scholarly conversation by exploring topics in depth, formulating a unique research question, examining the research of others along with primary sources, building an argument, and drawing your own conclusions.  A good research topic is one that sparks your interest and allows you to ask new questions in order to find meaningful answers. This guide is intended to help you get started.

Pick a research topic

  • Read your assignment instructions carefully
  • Pick a research topic that interests you and meets the assignment criteria
  • Identify the key concepts of your research topic
  • Do some background reading on your topic using Wikipedia

Use guides, dictionaries, and encyclopedias to find authoritative definitions

Search Omni, the library's main search box to easily find peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic.  Remember to refine your search. If you need help, use Omni Search Tips.

You can also search databases by subject to find journal articles. They offer many advanced search features and search results tend to be more precise than a Google search.

Key Databases for Journal Articles: 

Additional Databases: 

Dissertations and Theses

Begin with:

Searching for primary sources:

Search your topic (or historical person of interest) using Omni, the library's main search box to find primary sources (or reproductions) in our collection. Keyword searches that include the following terms will identify primary materials most of the time.

  • Diar* (for diary or diaries)
  • Correspondence
  • Letters
  • Memoir
  • Personal narrative
  • Recollections
  • Reminiscences
  • Journal
  • Sources

 Other search tips:

Historical Newspaper Databases

Primary Sources on the web

Other libraries with significant primary source collections:

Content last updated: August 4, 2020