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WIND 4020: Disability Studies Theory and Practice: Primary Resources

This guide offers information on APA and MLA style guides and professional journals devoted to disabilities and suggested databases.

Primary Resources Welcome

This page will walk you through different magazines and newspapers you can search to find resources. Additionally, there are museums, archives, and different online photograph collections of people with disabilities.

Where Can I Find Primary Sources?

What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are records that provide first-hand testimony or evidence of an event, action, topic, or time period. Primary sources are usually created by individuals who directly experience an event or topic, and record their experience through photographs, videos, memoirs, correspondence, oral histories, or autobiographies.

Common Examples of PRIMARY Sources:

Letters, diaries, memoirs, speeches, interviews, photographs, notes, subject files, oral histories, autobiographies, travelogues, pamphlets, newspapers, newsletters, brochures, government documents including hearings, reports and statistical data, military service records, manuscripts, archival materials, plant specimens, artifacts, architectural plans, artistic works, works of fiction, music scores, and sound recordings.

Salix Tweedy, Herbarium specimen data provided by the Rocky Mountain Herbarium, University of Wyomng (Accessed through RM Herbarium web site,, 2013-10-05)


Newspaper Databases