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Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies: Primary Sources

What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are the raw material that you will analyze and interpret to better understand the past. They are produced during the time of the event or phenomenon you are investigating and will bring you as close to the past as is possible. Primary sources can take many forms including the words of participants or eyewitness descriptions, official records or governments or organizations, photographs, film or other media, and artifacts.

On this page you'll find help locating primary sources in newspapers, books (via UP Library Search), magazines, and online collections.

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Use UP Library Search to find books, streaming videos, online resources, journal articles, and much more (Search Tips). Need help? See handouts for Finding Books on the Shelf and Requesting Clark Library and Summit Items online.

Search Terms for Primary Sources

Add one of these terms to your search to find primary sources. For example: Oregon pioneer sources

  • Bibliography
  • Charters, Grants, Privileges
  • Correspondence
  • Description and Travel
  • Diaries
  • Interviews
  • Pamphlets
  • Personal Narratives
  • Sources
  • Speeches

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