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Primary and Secondary Sources

This short guide will help you understand the differences between Primary and Secondary Sources.

Annotated Bibliographies

For more information on annotated bibliographies, see this guide on How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography.


Documentary Research Assignment

Themes/sites (choose one):

  • Cornish miners in Virginia City
  • Native Americans (e.g., Paiute) in historic Virginia City 
  • Stewart Indian School, Carson 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
  • Sutro Tunnel
  • Idlewild Park (Reno)


Find at least 10 resources that are relevant to your project; at least 3 should be secondary sources and at least 7 should be primary sources. Note that non-scholarly secondary sources (e.g., Wikipedia) are not acceptable. Do your best to find sources that discuss both historical and archaeological evidence that would be relevant to understanding your theme/site. If at all possible, find documentation describing archaeological studies relevant to your topic. Choose your sources from at least 4 of the following categories (more diversity of data is better): 

  • historic newspaper articles
  • historical photographs
  • unpublished manuscripts (e.g., ledgers, diaries)
  • books
  • articles
  • maps
  • architectural drawings
  • reports (e.g., CRM reports, archaeological site forms, Environmental Impact Statements)
  • US Census, City Directories, etc.


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