Wyoming State Library-Library Development Office
Chris Van Burgh
Database Instruction Librarian
What is History Day?
National History Day engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.
For more information, go to the National History Day site: http://www.nhd.org
Possible topics and sources in GoWYLD
These resources are available in all Wyoming public libraries and schools. Students may also access them remotely from home. You will need your library card number and pin (wyld).
Watch the tutorial above, Using GoWYLD.net databases for History Day research. Refer to the Find it Now flier linked under Other LibGuides and Handouts.
You will find sources for history, science, and social issues; databases with primary and secondary sources, as well as images, video, full-text articles, and encyclopedias.
On GoWYLD.net, you will find the resources accessible alphabetically or by subject.
World History In Context Search Armenian genocide or General Act of the Berlin Conference. Here you will find an in depth background article, reference items, primary source documents.
Culturegrams Find background information on countries and cultures of the world, including family customs, religion.
Biography In Context Search Marco Polo, Nelson Mandela or Margaret Mead, for example. Here you will find informational text, images, articles, academic journal articles. Or check out World Explorers.
History Study Center Take a look at the History Study Units and the Historical Documents. For example, search for Catherine the Great. Check out the Study unit called Enlightened Absolutism which includes a topic overview, biographies, primary sources, articles and images. Search Historical Documents for Darwin.
Science In Context Information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. Jonas Salk, artificial intelligence, space exploration.
For local history, be sure to check out the Wyoming Newspaper Project. Search by name, town, county. Find out what was happening locally and nationally
Other LibGuides, websites and History Day handouts
GoWYLD Databases with primary source documents
Other Sources for Primary Source Documents
Images, statistics, government reports, newspapers, political cartoons.