Too often students become lost in the expert voices found in secondary sources. How do we empower students to find their authentic voices in the writing process? How do we accomplish this while addressing the need for assessment? Two instructional librarians will discuss the pedagogical power and potential uses of primary sources for both students and educators. Educators can use primary sources in instruction to empower students to find their own voices in the writing process. Working with primary sources also helps students develop evaluative and critical thinking skills which are key measures of the Common Core Standards. During the session, the librarians will present a mini lesson which will engage the audience in the use of select primary source material.