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Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Guide

guide to women's studies research

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories.

Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons.

These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research.

University of Maryland Libraries own many primary materials in all kinds of formats, including books, microforms and electronic collections. 

We own a tremendous number of primary resources. One way to locate primary sources is to use WorldCat   - using keywords and adding defining terms such as:

archival resources
personal narratives

So,  searches could look like this:
women correspondence
women pioneers diaries
women military archival resources
women interviews performance art
women artists autobiography