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Women's & Gender Studies

This guide serves as a starting point for research in Women's & Gender Studies.

Philosophy, Religious Studies, & Women's Studies Librarian

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Juliet Rumble
Draughon (RBD) Library
231 Mell Street
Auburn University, AL 36849-5606

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources provide firsthand testimony or direct evidence about a topic. Often, primary sources are contemporaneous with the events or conditions that are being documented and are created by individuals who witnessed or experienced them.  Examples of primary sources include:

  • Autobiographies, diaries, letters
  • Speeches, interviews, oral histories
  • Organizational records and meeting notes
  • Newspapers, pamphlets, magazines, books etc. published at the time of the event/condition being studied
  • Photographs, audio recordings, film recordings
  • Artifacts: e.g., clothing, furniture, household implements, etc

Databases of Primary Sources


The databases below have a broader focus but also contain sources of interest to Women's & Gender Studies:

Books Containing Primary Source Material

Digital Collections of Primary Sources