If you need background information, try looking up your topic or a related topic in the Online Nevada Encyclopedia.
Note: Encyclopedia entries cannot be included as one of the 10 sources needed to complete the assignment.
Primary and Secondary Sources
This short guide will help you understand the differences between Primary and Secondary Sources.
See the link below for information on creating an annotated bibliography.
Documentary Research Assignment
Themes/sites (choose one):
- Cornish miners in Virginia City
- Native Americans (e.g., Paiute) in historic Virginia City
- Savage Mine site in Virginia City
- Early Mormon settlement in Genoa
- Fort Churchill, Churchill County
- Lumberyards and flume sites (supported historic NV mining industries by providing timber)
- Basque sheepherder camps and aspen art
- Pyramid Lake Divorce Ranch
- Donner Party sites
- Summer camps at Lake Tahoe -- Chonokis, Skyland
- Mapes Hotel
- Island in the Truckee, downtown Reno
- Sutro Tunnel
- Idlewild Park (Reno)
- Other mines and mills in and around Virginia City
Find at least 10 resources that are relevant to your project; at least three should be secondary sources and at least seven should be primary sources. Choose your sources from at least four of the following categories (more diversity of data is better).
- historic newspaper articles
- historical photographs
- unpublished manuscripts (e.g., ledgers, diaries)
- architectural drawings
- reports (e.g., CRM reports, archaeological site forms, Environmental Impact Statements)
- US Census, City Directories, etc.