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IDS 240: Interdisciplinary Research Methods: Historical Sources

This guide provides IDS 240 students assistance with locating research materials, statistics and creating a bibliography

Primary Source Collections

The full text of letters and diary entries, often from works that have been previously published as books containing collections of letters or diaries. Use the Browse indexes to find works about specific historical or life events.

Use the date range limit to narrow your search to a relevant time period. 

Search for articles published in popular magazines and journals from different times in history.

Collections of several types of primary sources curated around a topic or theme.

Digitized documents from an archive, museum or library collection - could contain records, manuscripts, or correspondence, for example.

Digitized collections of books published during different time periods.

Official government publications, including laws, treaties, and records of legislative proceedings.

Digitized photos and art images.

These links allow you to search across multiple databases at the same time.

Journal Articles

Secondary sources. Journal articles written by historians published in scholarly journals. 

Secondary sources. Collections of scholarly journals that include history journals along with journals from other academic disciplines.

Magazines, newsletters and other popular sources written for members of a community. Could be primary or secondary sources depending on how you use them. 

Indexes that list citations for scholarship published on a topic. Use the UNLV Find Text button to find out if the full article is available online or request a PDF delivered to your email via ILLiad.  

Analyzing historical soucres

History GUide

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