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History: Welcome

Databases licensed by UNR that reproduce primary sources, covering US history from 1877 to the present. Newspapers, diary entries, art images, maps, government reports and records are included in these resources.


This guide lists UNR's best resources for getting started with historical research. You'll find information about books, databases, journals, interlibrary loan, websites, and more. If you have a question, please contact the librarian by using the information on the right.

Knowledge Center

Fox, Vance. Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Nighttime. 2008. Photograph. Campus Images, UNR Digital Conservancy, University of Nevada, Reno. Web. 3 May 2011.

Chicago Manual of Style

About this Guide

This guide contains information about the following:

Primary Sources - Links to licensed databases reproducing primary texts and images.

Secondary Sources- Links to licensed sources for scholarly articles, dissertations, and more secondary sources.

Web Resources- Links to free websites providing both primary and secondary sources.

- Use the the OneSearch box to search on an item of interest and use the Map a Call Number box to locate an item in the Knowledge Center. The Books tab also lists new history books available in the Knowledge Center.

The Study of History

By focusing on societal change and its causes, the study of history teaches us to assess evidence, think analytically, and communicate effectively. Historians depend heavily on library collections and use primary and secondary information sources in all formats.

Historian Nancy Fitch has written that "history is NOT a "collection of facts about the past." History consists of making arguments about what happened in the past on the basis of what people recorded (in written documents, cultural artifacts, or oral traditions) at the time. Historians often disagree over what "the facts" are as well as over how they should be interpreted."

Primary and Secondary Information Sources and Their Role in Your Research

Subject Guide

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Rosalind Bucy
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
University of Nevada, Reno 89557
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Room 214A
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Interlibrary Loan

Learn about getting books and articles from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan Services. Search the collections of other libraries by going to Link+ or WorldCat.