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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:  

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 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, 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                 History Study Center Take a look at the History Study Units and the Historical Documents.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 Search                  Historical Documents for Darwin.

                  Explore MAS Ultra (for high school) or Middle Search for topics such as political campaigns, Andrew Carnegie and steel, Iran-Contra Affair.

                  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

    • Academic Search Premier
      Limit to speeches or interviews in document type.
    • Britannica Online-Schools-High School
      Check out the Reference Desk section for Browse Primary Sources and eBooks.
      Also, World Data for statistics
    • CultureGrams
      CultureGrams provides country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
    • eLibrary Curriculum edition
      audio/video, pictures, transcripts, newspapers
    • History Study Center
      Find primary sources within Study Units and under Historical Documents (Presidential Documents, Inside American History, 20th Century Speeches, etc.)
    • History Vault
      full-text, full-image database comprised of multiple subject modules providing full access to digitized letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries, and other historical primary-source documents
    • Middle Search (EBSCO)
      Includes Vital Speeches
    • Opposing Viewpoints In Context
      You can target your search to just primary sources.

    Other Sources for Primary Source Documents

    Look for:

    Images, statistics, government reports, newspapers, political cartoons.


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