Now is a great time to be researching history! Every day, more and more content that was previously accessible only in special collections and archives is now being scanned, digitized, and posted on the web.
Search for primary source documents both online and in the library catalog.
Finding books on historical topics in the online catalog
Search the library catalog to find books containing primary source resources.
Try adding one of the following words to your search to find collections of primary sources:
"documents," "sources," "letters," or "diaries"
e.g., "Korean War AND Sources"
"Civil War AND Diaries"
These databases can lead you to magazine articles on historical, cultural and seminal events of the past 100+ years.
Once you've found a citation, request the article through Interlibrary Loan. Most articles are sent to us from other libraries within 1-3 days -- but plan for more time just to make sure.
The Doane Library has a few databases that give you access to newspaper articles.
Free-to-the-public sites you might search for historical newspapers include:
The library has purchased the following collections of primary source documents for your use:
Here are websites specific to Nebraska:
This is a representative list of history websites that might be helpful in your research. Ask at the Circulation Desk to consult the following books, which are in Course Reserves (under Dr. Jarvis' name), for more websites:
These collections give you free access to lots of historic texts:
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