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LGBTQ: Primary Sources

This guide is designed to help get you started with your library research in LGBT / GLBT / queer studies.

Resource Introduction

The resources highlighted in this section focus on first-hand accounts of LGBT issues. These can include memoirs written by LGBT individuals, interviews, news coverage of an LGBT event, and many more resources that were created by someone who was there to personally witness the event.

How to Use Primary Sources

Primary sources can give direct evidence, specific details, and can provide a window into the feelings, reactions, and perceptions of a time. Primary sources might be used as an example or evidence in your paper. The downside of primary sources is that they may include bias, give a limited perspective, or lack context.

Secondary sources provide context and analysis to primary sources. They can give understanding to an artifact and respond to it, often with multiple perspectives. Secondary sources can be used to provide background information in your paper and to engage or further an argument.

For more information on how to use a source in your paper, check out these resources: