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Women in Antiquity: Primary Sources: Libraries/Archives

Finding Primary Sources in the Catalog

Books may contain primary sources.  Try adding terms like these to your catalog keyword searches:

  • correspondence   
  • diaries  
  • "personal narratives"   
  • sources

The last is most useful for ancient sources.

Defining a Primary Source

"A primary source is a document, image or artifact ... created contemporaneously with the event under discussion." (Williams, Historian's Toolbox, 2nd ed., p. 56)

Primary sources are evidence from participants in or eyewitnesses to an event.

Examples:

  • Diaries, letters, speeches, memoirs/autobiographies, oral interviews, newspaper & magazine articles...
  • Images: photographs, sound & video recordings, maps...
  • Artifacts: coins, receipts, schedules, tombstones, furniture, jewelry, DNA evidence...
  • Public records: birth, death, probate, census records; court cases, official government documents...
  • Creative works:  paintings, movies, statues...

Formats:

  • Original manuscripts or records
  • Authoritative transcriptions in printed volumes or digital form
  • Reproductions--digital, microfilm, facsimile...

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Book Series

Collections of printed & electronic books can be found by searching the catalog by title: