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Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (HIST376)
This guide seeks to help students locate resources that will help them examine the history of women’s (and men’s) experience in early modern Europe through multiple perspectives (e.g. social, intellectual, and religious history) as they conduct research i
Primary sources were either created during the time period being studied or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied (as in the case of memoirs). They reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period; some types of primary sources might be historical magazines or newspapers, diaries or journals, old photographs, interviews, letters, and more. A secondary source is a work that interprets or analyzes an historical event or phenomenon. It is generally at least one step removed from the event and is often based on primary sources. Examples include: scholarly or popular books and articles, reference books, and textbooks.
Key Search Terms to Find Primary Sources
All databases utilize taxonomies, or set ways to organize information. Many academic resources utilize controlled vocabularies developed by the Library of Congress. Their subject headings, or subject terms, are useful to learn and remember and make finding primary source material much easier.
Calvin's library catalog, and many of its databases, use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). Below are several terms or phrases related to first-person accounts that you can add to a keyword or subject search that will significantly narrow your search results, saving you valuable time.
Examples: (when searching do not include the dashes/hyphens)
Europe -- History -- 17th century -- Personal Narratives
Women -- Germany -- Social conditions -- 18th century -- Sources
This site helps students and teachers make effective use of primary sources, including strategies for analyzing online primary materials, puzzle out the meaning of different kinds of primary sources, interpret documents, and strategies for overall analysis.
A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. All links have been tested for correctness and appropriateness.
Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to e