Why did you install a catalog system that doesn't work?
After reviewing your email, I think your assignment is chiefly finding one primary source and 2 articles plus "a second selection."
Do you have access to a library at the college where you are taking this course? A college or university library would be best for "scholarly" materials. Many libraries now encourage students to make appointments with subject librarians.
I think you would have a good chance of finding sufficient primary material if you were to consider something like these these topics : Women in the Military, Suffrage Movement, Birth Control, Feminism, Women's Rights Movement, Equal Rights Amendment, Pioneer Women.
Many libraries, including Niles, subscribe to historical newspaper online databases which would give you full text- primary accounts, dating from the mid-19th Century. At this time we have the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal. We also subscribe to CQ Historic Documents, covering key events since 1972. The Library of Congress also has an ongoing historical newspaper project with digitized images but the indexing seems to be free text at this stage.
Academic libraries would subscribe to advanced Social Sciences and History databases which would index "peer-reviewed" journals. JSTOR, Academic Search Complete come to mind.
Spending some time in library catalogs would help you to gauge sources. Worldcat would be helpful in seeing how much is available, where it is held and also what are the range of subjects and subject headings. The holdings of public and academic libraries can be viewed in Worldcat. You can also search for articles in Worldcat.
Here at the Niles library we have a book on the 3rd floor a 305.42, Women's Rights in the United States a documentary history which contains letters, personal narratives, and other primary documents.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org where we could more easily continue this discussion.
Hope some of the above is helpful.
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