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HY200 Topics in History: British Imperialism: Primary Sources

Primary Resources @ Tutt Library

What is a Primary Source?

From Yale University

"Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format."      


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Digitized E-books

These websites contain millions of digitized books, some of which may be primary sources or English translations of sources. There is some overlap between the websites but each one has unique content.

John Locke

John Locke’s Two Treatises on Government

Find selections of John Locke's Treatises online:

Two Treatises of Government. Second Treatise. Selections from The Spirit of John Locke, On Civil Government, revived by the Constitutional Society of Sheffield [electronic resource]

See, also:

The Library of John Locke, by John Harrison and Peter Laslett, published for the Oxford Bibliographical Society by the Oxford University Press

A Locke Dictionary edited by John W. Yolton, from the Blackwell Philosopher Reference series



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