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Included are Ideas for topics, databases and links for National History Day, and more.
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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).

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 Haitian Revolution or Iranian Revolution. 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 Betty Friedan, Nat Turner, William Jennings Bryan or Lech Walesa.

                 History Study Center Take a look at the History Study Units and the Historical Documents.  For example, search Easter Uprising.  Check out the Study unit  which includes a topic overview, biographies, primary sources, articles and images. Search Historical Documents for Magna Carta.

                  Explore MAS Ultra (for high school) or Middle Search for topics such as Yalta Agreement, the Boxer Rebellion.

                  Search Proquest Arts for The Astor Place Riots or John Singleton Copley.

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. You can find many ideas for WY topics here,


from WY Newspapers. Cheyenne Leader Oct. 21, 1868


    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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