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Women's & Gender Studies

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are materials created at the time of the topic you are researching, or by an eyewitness to the topic. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period. They are not commentary about your topic, but are the topic you are commenting about. 

Watch this brief video for help differentiating between primary and secondary sources:


American Women: A Profile. 1995. (U.S. Docs. C3.205/8:95-19)
American Women: Who They Are & How They Live. 2nd edition. 2002. (Ref. HQ 1421 .A486 2002)
World's Women, 1970-1990: Trends and Statistics. 1991. (Ref. HQ 1154 .W95)

Print Sources

The following are a select group of titles available in print. Additional titles can be identified by searching the library catalog.

American Women's Diaries. Southern Women. 1988. [Micrfofilm #1104]
Women's Diaries, Journals, and Letters: An Annotated Bibliography. 1989. [Ref. CT 3230 C5 1989]
Women's Suffrage in America: An Eyewitness History. 1992. [Ref. JK 1898 F76 1992]