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Women's and Gender Studies

Resources and helpful information for research in women's and gender studies.

Primary Sources at Wheaton

Historical Newspapers

Information on Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary sources are records of events created as they occurred, or recorded by eye witnesses. They come in many formats, including letters and email; journals, diaries, and memoirs; audio recordings; photographs; audio recordings; and much more. Created by Shonn M. Haren, 2015. CC BY 4.0

A Secondary Source takes the accounts of multiple eyewitnesses or Primary Sources and creates a record that considers an event from many points of view. Secondary sources provide objectivity because multiple points of view help mitigate bias and provide a broader perspective. They also provide context; their historical distance helps explain an event's significance. Common examples include: books, scholarly articles, documentaries, and many other formats.

Created by Shonn M. Haren, 2015. CC BY 4.0