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ENGL 2631: Women's Literature

Primary Sources

A primary source can be any source that you examine to learn about the source itself, its creator, or its context.

Examples of sources that scholars commonly use as primary sources are:

  • literary and artistic works
  • newspaper and magazine articles
  • government, legal, and church documents
  • diaries and letters
  • autobiographies and memoirs
  • interviews
  • images (photographs, paintings, etc.)
  • sound and video recordings
  • objects

Places to find primary sources, and historical secondary sources, include:

You can also look for online collections of digitized primary sources from university and public libraries, rare book and special collections libraries, national libraries, archives, museums, government organizations, and more.