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*Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Research Guide for Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

What's a Primary Source?

A primary source is an original object, document, or artifact. Primary sources present an account from participants or people directly involved in an event.

Examples of primary sources:

  • Letters and emails
  • Diaries and memoirs
  • Artistic works
  • News segments and transcripts
  • Speeches and interviews
  • Maps, legal documents, statistics, etc.

Why Use Primary Sources?
Primary sources offer a contemporary account of a time, event, or thought process. This includes how the author was feeling and how they perceived events around them. These sources will help you develop your own conclusions about the era or event.

Featured Primary Source Databases

Go to A-Z Databases to access our full list of our primary source databases.