Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Finding Primary Sources

Assistance with locating primary source material within and outside the WSU Libraries.

Magazines as Primary Sources

Popular magazines (news, fashion, sports, etc.) can provide commentary about the time period that they were published in.  In addition to the articles, illustrations and advertisements are also useful primary sources - especially for the study of consumerism, gender roles, material culture, history of technology, and popular culture.

Magazine Advertisements

Print and Online Magazines

The WSU Libraries provide access to magazine collections through our databases. We also have many bound issues of print magazines that can be browsed in the library. Some examples of historical popular magazines in our collections include:

WSU Libraries, PO Box 645610, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-5610, 509-335-9671, Contact Us