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A guide to sociology resources at the Georgia Tech Library

Primary source archives

Primary source documents provide first-hand accounts of historical events, social issues, and cultural practices. Primary source archives can help researchers understand social change and make sense of the present through the past. Examples of primary sources for studies in sociology include:

  • Letters and diaries
  • Speeches
  • Interviews
  • Government documents
  • Memoirs and autobiographies

Newspaper archives

Current and historical newspapers can serve as primary or secondary sources. News articles are useful for research in sociology because they provide:

  • Information on trends in popular culture
  • Descriptions of community, cultural and political events
  • First- and second-hand accounts of current and historical social issues, such as gender equality and racial justice
  • Insight into how the media represents these events and issues