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HIST/SOC 170b: Gender and Sexuality in South Asia

Recommended resources and strategies for students in HIST/SOC 170b: Gender and Sexuality in South Asia, taught by Professor Hannah Weiss Muller and Professor Gowri Vijayakumar.

Tips for Searching for Primary Sources

If you are using a database with an Advanced Search form, try using the Advanced Search features to refine your search.


Since these databases cover many decades, it can be helpful to limit your search to a specific date range.


Think about what terms that might have been used to in articles about your topic during the time period. For example: the name of a specific person or organization or even a term that wouldn't be used today.


Some databases allow you to limit your search to articles from a specific geographic area. Try doing this when researching events from a specific region.


These databases often sort results in chronological order. In some cases, it might be helpful to sort by relevance/best matches first.


In addition to searching, try browsing these collections to learn about sources that you wouldn't have necessarily thought of searching for.

Find News Articles

When looking for newspaper articles as primary sources, remember to look for articles published during the time period under study.

Historical News Articles

News Articles from 1980 - Present

Recommended Databases

Primary Source Collections Available through the Catalog

This page includes suggestions for many digitized collections of primary source materials, but remember to consider sources that may not have been digitized. Try searching the Library Catalog. Search by an author from the time period or enter a subject in combination with any of the subject headings used to define primary sources:

Autobiographies
Correspondence
Diaries
Documents
Government documents
Interviews
Legal documents
Letters
Memoirs
Narratives
Sources
Speeches