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Educational Policy Studies 590-BB1: Black Women Activists in Education: Primary Sources

This guide provides resources to help students in EPS 590-BB1 find information about black women activists from earliest times to the present.

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary source
             In scholarship, a document or record containing firsthand information or original data on a topic, used in preparing a derivative work. Primary sources include original manuscripts, periodical articles reporting original research or thought, diaries, memoirs, letters, journals, photographs, drawings, posters, film footage, sheet music, songs, interviews, government documents, public records, eyewitness accounts, newspaper clippings, etc.

Secondary source
             Any published or unpublished work that is one step removed from the original source, usually describing, summarizing, analyzing, evaluating, derived from, or based on primary source materials, for example, a review, critical analysis, second-person account, or biographical or historical study. Also refers to material other than primary sources used in the preparation of a written work.

Electronic Resources

Books

Your educator may have produced books or other educational materials that are still held in the UIUC library system.  In order to find these, do an author search in the Library Catalog.

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