Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Women's Research Resource: American Women's History A Research Guide

Sometimes the biggest challenge in researching a topic is finding resources. Once you Google a phrase or keyword, what do you do next? In researching female ancestors, it is vital to research the historical era for what laws affected women and how women's lives were impacted by their roles as mothers, wives, daughters, widows, church members, employees, volunteers and more.

The website American Women's History: A Research Guide provides researchers with links to primary and secondary sources focused on women's history collections. One of the many great things about this site is the Subject Index which allows you to look through various subject keywords that describe women's lives and then find links. A link to the search engine for the Discovering American Women's History Online provides researchers with a digital collections of materials having to do with American women's history. This collections is searchable by keyword but also browseable by state, time period, subject, and primary source types.

A link to the Women's History Sources Blog provides you with a steady diet of new sources and ideas. This is a good one to add to your Google Reader.

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