Selecting your primary sources is one of the most important decisions you will make as you undertake this research project. You will want to spend significant time exploring which documents are available that are related to your topic. Try to give yourself sufficient time to explore multiple options. You will want to choose primary sources that invite numerous questions related to the theme of the course and that are rich and complex enough to allow for extended analysis and interpretation.
For this project, you will be making use of the Archives of Sexuality & Gender, a digitized collection of archival materials. Archival documents are unique print materials that may or may not have been originally intended for a wider audience or that are more ephemeral in nature.
There are several ways to use the Archives of Sexuality & Gender to locate your primary sources. Don't forget to prepare a list of related terms, names, organizations and/or concepts before you begin searching! This will save you time and give you a sense of direction as you search.
Browsing and Searching in Collections
Browsing collections can be a good way to generate ideas if you are still unsure of your topic. This archive contains full collections of materials, such as Gay and Lesbian Politics and Social Activism: Selected Newsletters and Periodicals from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Historical Society (mostly documenting gay and lesbian history in San Francisco's Bay Area), Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin and the Daughters of Bilitis, and much more.
After you've selected a collection, use the small search box on the results page to search documents within that collection.
Searching the Archive
Number 1 Search Tip: Use Advanced Search and limit features whenever possible. Subset limits, date limits, subject searches, etc. -- are all useful time savers. Search tips for other databases also apply in the Archives of Sexuality & Gender.
The Archives of Sexuality & Gender allows you to save documents, citations, and highlights to Google Drive. Use the link at the top right of the screen to sign in to your Google account. When you find a document you want to save, click the icon and select Google Drive.
You can save a PDF version of the entire document, a single page, or a selected page range.