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Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice

The following guide was developed to support students, faculty and researchers in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice access and utilize relevant resources available through UBC Library.

Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

Primary Sources are the direct evidence or first hand accounts of events without secondary analysis or interpretation. A primary source is a work that was written or created at a time that is contemporary or nearly contemporary with the period or subject being studied.

The following databases contain primary sources on gender and sexuality.  There are several other sources which may also be beneficial.  To find additional primary sources, use the Primary Source Guide and click on the Humanities tab. 


Walter C. Koerner Library, houses over 4 million items on microfilm, microfiche, microcard, and microprint. The collection includes important research materials such as news papers, government publications, and rare or historical books.  Microform is a general term used to describe all forms of "microreproduction", that is, the reduced reproduction of original documents.