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HIS 365: America since 1940

A research guide to assist students in HIS 365.

This guide is intended to assist students in HIS 365 America since 1940 in locating primary and secondary sources for research, as well as to assist with citation and finding help from library staff. 

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

example of a primary source letterPrimary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after events, as in memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include but are not limited to:

  • letters
  • manuscripts
  • diaries and journals
  • newspapers
  • maps
  • speeches

 These sources serve as the raw materials historians use to interpret and analyze the past.

(Definition and image: Primary Sources on the Web: Finding, Evaluating, Using, Reference and User Services Association)

Cover of The Women's Liberation Movement in America Secondary Sources are texts that use primary sources, usually to offer analysis or explanation of the sources of the events during which they were produced. These sources are usually produced after-the-fact and are "one step removed" from the event or documents being discussed. Secondary examples can include by are not limited to:

  • textbooks
  • journal articles
  • encyclopedias


These sources are the product of historians interpretation and analysis of raw materials.

Finding Primary Sources

Archives and Special Collections logoThe Beulah Culbertson Archives and Special Collections at Fant Memorial Library holds paper records, photographs, scrapbooks, bound volumes, and other objects that document the history and people of Mississippi University for Women, the first publicly-supported women’s college in the United States. Schedule an appointment here for more information about:

More Historical Newspapers can be found on the News Research Guide.

Archival repositories are a great source of primary sources. Here are links to major repositories in Mississippi that have digital holdings or finding aids available for consultation.

Finding Secondary Sources

  • To search for titles in our electronic journal holdings, click here.
  • To search for journals in print, click here, and select "MUW Collection" and "Journal Title" from the drop-down menus.