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Diversity and Social Justice: Primary Sources

Terms and reliable sources

Whether looking for books, articles, or other formats, searching involves using relevant terms and reliable resources.

This guide from Cornell University's library gives ideas for search terms.

This guide from MIT's library differentiates subject headings and keywords.

Use this guide for tips on research, including evaluating resources

This Cultural Information Index is a collaborative effort of SUNY Fredonia entities. It provides a variety of terms and definitions.

Interlibrary Loan

If Reed Library doesn’t have the article, book, score, DVD, or other item you are looking for, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. This service is free!

Examples of primary sources

Primary sources are those that come directly from the time of a historical event. 

"Eruption of Tulsa"

White, Walter [civil rights activist who would go on to lead the NAACP from 1929-1955, writing about the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921], Nation, June 19, 1921 (from Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 database)

"Frederick Douglass"

Cooper, G.M., North Star (Rochester, NY), Feb. 26, 1852   (from Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers database)

"The Present War"

The Indian's Friend, Jan. 1891  (from Indigenous Peoples of North America database)

See Reed Library's Primary Sources guide for a list of databases and additional information about accessing primary sources. 

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