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LGBTQ+ Studies: Primary Sources

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Historic Issues

  • LGBT Magazine Archive (ProQuest) A searchable archive of major periodicals devoted to LGBTQ+ interests, dating from the 1950s through to recent years. The majority of titles are from the U.S. and U.K., including The Advocate, Albatross, BLS, Gay Times, Out, and Transgender Tapestry.

  • Alternative Press Index Archive (EBSCO) A guide to articles from alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines. Coverage spans 1969 through 1990.

Looking for another title? Try searching for it in our A-Z Journals and Newspapers Publication Finder to see which database it's in. 

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are usually defined as first hand information that are communicated by witnesses or participants in past events. Primary sources are characterized not by their format but rather by the information they convey and their relationship to your research question.

Examples of primary sources include, but are not limited to:

  • Diaries and literary memoirs
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Letters/correspondence
  • Artistic works 
  • News segments/transcripts
  • Speeches
  • Interviews
  • Surveys
  • Emails/ blogs/ listservs
  • Legal documents and statistics

Read more about primary sources on the Libraries Research Strategy Guide.