Determine what you want to know from the primary sources you examine.
My topic is women in sports.
My research question is "How were women portrayed in popular culture and media in the 1960s?
Secondary sources can help you find background information on your topic, such as:
Gather information that will be helpful when searching for primary sources:
What types of primary sources might have been produced that would be relevant to your topic? Which persons or organizations might have produced materials?
Possible formats include:
Consider where you would find the best sources based on the background information you have gathered:
Use a catalog, finding aid, or other online tools to find primary sources before you visit or contact staff for help locating relevant primary source material.