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WRT 200 (Betz): Primary Sources

Research Guide for Dr. Betz' Writing 200 class.

Primary Source Tips

Tips to make your primary source research smoother.

1) Pay attention to dates.  Each resource below covers slightly different time periods.  Some don't cover every year.  The student newspaper database will also let you set a date range, which is very helpful.

2) The Serpentine and Course Catalogs--downloading them takes a while. Use the 'search inside' box to do a quick search and only download if needed.

3) Consider browsing.  A course catalog or yearbook from 30 or 100 years ago may have very different information than one from today.  Flip through one to to spark ideas or find out what something was called in the past.

4) Interview someone!  If you are working on a WCU topic, someone may know the history of a program!  Or there might be documents/memorabilia out there!

WCU Publications

Below is a list of useful West Chester University publications.  These items are produced here at West Chester University.  Some of the materials have been digitized and are available online.

Useful Web Resources

Below is a list of some websites and web resources that might be useful for you and this assignment.

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