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Reminder: Research is a time consuming process. Think strategically about how you search for both secondary and primary sources. Think of different ways of saying the same thing or approaching your topic from different angles. Be persistent. Try, try, then try again.
Topic | The Police and Prostitution in New York During the Progressive Era
Database: AllKnight Search
Keywords or Phrases
"Progressive movement" or "Gilded Age"
prostitutes or "white slavery" or "sex work"
Examples of search results:
Smolak, A. (2013). White slavery, whorehouse riots, venereal disease, and saving women: historical context of prostitution interventions and harm reduction in New York City during the Progressive Era. Social Work In Public Health, 28(5), 496–508. https://doi.org/10.1080/19371918.2011.592083
Bowler, Anne E., Chrysanthi S. Leon, and Terry G. Lilley. 2013. “‘What Shall We Do with the Young Prostitute? Reform Her or Neglect Her?’: Domestication as Reform at the New York State Reformatory for Women at Bedford, 1901–1913.” Journal of Social History 47 (2): 458. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=sso&db=edb&AN=95903950&site=eds-live&custid=s3453015.
Some tips and tricks I learned from reviewing your primary source assignments...
Searching for primary sources can be both interesting and frustrating. How do you even know what to look for?!? When you embark on a research project you don't always know what's out there as far as primary sources are concerned. I recommend approaching this like a detective. Ask yourself:
What clues do I already have? Look to your secondary sources! In some cases your secondary sources will explicitly cite primary sources in their footnotes or works cited page. In other instances they will mention a person, a famous report, a document, etc. that you can then Google.
WorldCat contains tons of records for primary sources. In many instances once you've identified a potentially useful source in WorldCat, you can then Google the title of the primary source and find full-text access to it right then and there.
Google really is an excellent tool for discovering primary sources. Try Googling some keywords associated with your topic and adding the words "primary source." You can also try identifying a historical society or archives collections associated with your topic or some aspect of your topic.
If you want to get your hands on a government document (local, state, federal) try Googling it. You'll be amazed at how much full-text you can find online.
Older documents in general: There's a vast array of content available online nowadays due to digitization projects and initiatives spearheaded by libraries, colleges and universities, museums, consortiums, and commercial companies. Always try Googling the thing you're looking for - there's a chance you'll find it online.
Books from the Images of America series (Arcadia Publishing), the Then and Now series, and from The History Press - they contain primary source photographs but the text isn't scholarly. Be careful how you use these.