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Jane Austen

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources outside of the sciences

  • are created at the time of or close to an event
  • do not include scholarly analysis
  • are the objects (such as artwork, literature, documents, etc) that you analyze

They can include advice columns, news articles, magazine essays, personal accounts, letters, images, novels, plays, speeches, etc.

Finding Jane Austen's Writing

Finding 18th and 19th Century Primary Sources Online

These databases include texts written in a variety of contexts for a variety of audiences and include scans of books, articles, and pamphlets

Finding Historical Primary Sources by and about Women Online

Using Special Collections to Find Primary Sources

You can find special collections materials relating to Jane Austen and Britain during her lifetime by using the Library Search on the Library's Homepage and filtering by Special Collections