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Duluth Public Library
520 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802

A tax-supported service
of the City of Duluth

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History Day Resources

National History Day

Natl History Day History Day 2015

State History Day video

Useful Databases:
(must have a Duluth Public Library library card to use)

Academic Search Premier - full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications.

Biography File Index - a list of people about whom the Duluth Public Library keeps a file of information, mostly newspaper clippings and magazine articles. The focus of the collection is people who have had some connection to Duluth or Minnesota. Contents of the files can range from one brief article to many articles and other pieces of information. This is only a list of names. The files of information for the people listed are available at the Main Library

Biography in Context - information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Britannica Online - search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and web sites. There are three options: Public Library Edition, Academic Edition and Kids Edition.

Discovering Collection - Use this comprehensive database to find in-depth reference material on Literature, History, Biographies, Science, and Social Studies.

Duluth News Tribune/Newsbank - A searchable archive of the Duluth News-Tribune, with complete full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Covers 11/1995 - present.

Duluth Newspaper Index - A subject index to articles of regional (northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin) interest that were published in the Duluth News-Tribune and the Duluth Herald. Choose from articles published from 1893-1929 or from 1988-1995. Information on purchasing photocopies of articles is included.

Expanded Academic ASAP - balanced coverage of every academic concentration — from advertising and microbiology to history and women's studies.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

HeritageQuest - Provides access to over 25,000 digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country, the PERSI™ index to genealogy and local history periodicals, many U.S. Census records, and select Revolutionary War era pension and grant records.

How Do I Contact? - a list of elected and appointed Federal, State, County and City officials.

Infotrac Student Edition - Search magazines, newspapers, and reference books for maps and information on current events, art, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, etc. Articles can be printed or e-mailed to your home computer.

MasterFILE Premier - full text for more than 2,050 general reference publications. It also includes more than 350 full text reference books, 84,074 biographies, 86,132 primary source documents, and an Image collection of over 100,000 photos, maps and flags.

Minneapolis StarTribune/Newsbank - A searchable archive of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, with complete full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Covers 1986 - present.

Points of View Reference Center - A full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Covers over 250 topics.

ProQuest Newsstand Complete - a full-text database of over 350 newspapers from around the world.

St Paul Pioneer Press/Newsbank - a searchable archive of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, with complete full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Covers 1988 - present.

Student Resources in Context - Find primary documents from the American Journey series and millions of articles from magazines and newspapers; a wealth of award-winning reference content that includes overview and critical essays; biographies; multimedia features and much more.



Useful Websites:

Duluth Public Library Catalog

Internet Sites by Subject: History - selected by Duluth Public Library reference librarians

Internet Sites for Kids & Teens: History - selected by Duluth Public Library youth services librarians

Minnesota Historical Society Online Resources

MnLink - request materials the Duluth Public Library does not own. Call 730-4200/option 5 and library staff will help you.

National History Day Research Central - a list of links designed to help students.

Frontline Diplomacy - Transcripts of interviews with American diplomats involved with crises and issues that faced the United States.

PBS NewsHour Extra - A special NewsHour with Jim Lehrer for students. Includes domestic and international headlines with interactive reports, editorials written by readers and discussion boards for hot topics.

Peace Programs Publications - From the Carter Center, an organization committed to advancing human rights.

Social Issues - A website created to meet the needs of middle and high school students researching current social issues from multiple perspectives. Prepared by Multnomah County Library, Oregon.

U.S. Diplomacy - Seeks to provide reliable information on U.S. diplomatic history, contemporary diplomacy, and the domestic and foreign activities of the State Department.


American History

American Folklife Center - Includes audio samples of music and stories, digital images of rare letters and photographs, and video clips focusing on the living traditions of regular folk.

American Presidency Project - Searchable database containing over 86,000 documents related to the Presidency. Contains full texts of inaugural addresses, executive orders, press conferences, State of the Union addresses, Fireside Chats, debates, and other presidential statements, addresses, and orders.

American Rhetoric - Full text, audio and video versions of famous speeches and other recorded media events.

Chronicling America - Digitized and searchable newspaper pages from historic American newspapers from 1860-1922.

Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents - Historical documents from the pre-colonial era to the present from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Google Uncle Sam - If you need government documents, try Google Uncle Sam ! This Google service will only search government sites and help you explore the different government agencies that have sources on your topic.

Historical Maps of the United States - Historical maps of U.S. cities, national historic parks, memorials, military parks and battlefields.

Internet Sites by Subject for Kids & Teens: American History - selected by Duluth Public Library youth services librarians

Primary Documents in American History - from the Library of Congress. Documents from the years 1763 to 1877. Updates will be made on a regular basis, including the addition of documents from the 20th Century.

Web Guides by the Library of Congress Digital Reference Section - Online guides to the Library of Congress collections.>

Minnesota History

Internet Sites by Subject for Kids & Teens: Minnesota History - selected by Duluth Public Library youth services librarians

Minnesota Discovery Center - Minnesota's Iron Range history in written materials, oral history recordings, videos and photos.

Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Historical Society Collections - Access to papers, visual resources, death indexes, and much more.

Minnesota History Topics - from the Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Reflections: Minnesota Digital Library - nearly 53,000 images and documents shared by more than 108 cultural heritage organizations across the state.

Workday Minnesota - Issues that face Minnesota workers, labor unions, and organizations. "Our admitted bias is that we present the world of events and issues through the prism of social and economic justice and the dignity of work. We offer Workday Minnesota as an alternative to the world of corporate-dominated media."

World History

Internet Sites by Subject for Kids & Teens: World History - selected by Duluth Public Library youth services librarians

National History Day - World History Primary Resources

More about National History Day:

For more help:

Call the library's Reference librarians at 730-4200/option 5 during open hours.


Citing Electronic Information in History Papers

Databases v. websites - what's the difference?

Google Docs - Create your work online and access your documents from anywhere.

History Day Research in Minnesota - designed to walk students through the process of researching History Day projects. Provides guidance for research process and recommends sources available to Minnesota residents.

PowerPoint in the Classroom - Easy to follow instructions on creating a PowerPoint presentation. Includes tips on adding images, sound and motion, timing and rehearsing, and how to take it with you.

Research and Writing Sites -- selected by Duluth Public Library Youth Services librarians; includes how to cite online information.

Research Project Calculator - develop a step-by-step plan for your project

Free Web Resources for History Day Projects


CompFight - turn the Creative Commons option on

Flickr: Creative Commons

Flickr: The commons - use Advanced Search to find copyright-free images from dozens of museums, libraries and government institutions

Google Images - use Advanced Image Search; under Usage Rights, select "labeled for reuse"

Minnesota Reflections - some may be under copyright but are allowed for educational use

Wikimedia Commons - some images have Creative Commons licenses, some are public domain


Video and Multimedia

Internet Archive Community Video

Ourmedia - also includes podcasts


Wikimedia Commons



ccMixterMusic Discovery - all audio files have Creative Commons licenses

Internet Archive: Community Audio


Freesound - sounds, not songs

Smithsonian Folkways - copyrighted streaming audio that may be linked to for educational purposes with proper attribution



Creative Commons: Books

HathiTrust - millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world

Internet Archive: Community Texts

IntraText Digital Library

O'Reilly Open Books

Project Gutenberg - books in public domain because copyrights have expired


Citation Management Sources

Easy Bib


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