Top 5 Resources for History Day

Every Year, National History Day challenges thousands of middle and high school students to engage in historical research. There is a theme each year, and this year’s theme is Triumph and Tragedy in History. The Saint Paul Public Library has several useful resources to get your History Day project started and take you all the way to the national competition in Washington, D.C.!
Many of these resources require a library card, so make sure to have your card or Library Go handy!
  1. National History Day Website 

    This link directs you to the History Day website, which gives you more information about the contest and how to enter. The theme for 2019 is “Triumph & Tragedy in History.” The website also includes sample projects and helpful research links to get you started.

  2. U.S. History in Context 

    U.S. History in Context includes reference works and news and periodical articles alongside primary source documents. Topics range from the arrival of Vikings in North America through the War on Terror, and everything in between.

  3. World History in Context 

    World History in Context chronicles cultures and societies from the ancient world up through the present day, including rare primary sources and helpful articles to place world history in context.

  4. Historic New York Times (1851-2015)

    The full text of the New York Times newspaper, dating back to 1851.

  5. National Archives 

    The National Archives are the record keeper for the nation. The archives include information about military records, genealogical resources, information about legislation including America’s founding documents, and hundreds of links for other archival resources.

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