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Nevada History Day Research: Selecting A Topic

Plan ahead to ensure your research visit to the UNLV Libraries is successful. This guide introduces how to use the UNLV Libraries and what resources are available to support historical research

Explore Topic Ideas

Subject encyclopedias allow you to explore a topic and identify the key events, people, and organizations involved. 

All of the encyclopedias listed below, with the exception of the Online Nevada Encyclopedia, limit off-campus access to current UNLV students and faculty. 

Topic Ideas

Selecting a Research Topic

Research Topics @ UNLV Libraries

Select a topic supported by primary source material!

The history of southern Nevada and Las Vegas are particular strengths of the primary source materials in the UNLV Library. Topics of local or national history explored through their impact in Nevada, or Nevada’s impact on the larger world, will be most successful.

For Example:
Hoover Dam, Nevada Test Site, Water & Land Use, Gaming, Entertainment, Architectural Design, Mining, Railroads, Howard Hughes

Materials to support topics of U.S. History or the history of other world regions are available but will be less plentiful and primarily in these formats:

  • Books
  • Scholarly journal articles
  • Newspapers archives (very selected major U.S. and international cities, e.g. London)
  • Research collections in digital or microfilm formats, e.g. The American West, Early English Books Online (EEBO)
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