History Day Resources

A list of resources to help you get started with your History Day project

If you need additional help, librarians are ready to assist. You may want to schedule an appointment with a librarian -- to talk about the information you've already located, to get suggestions for finding additional information, and more.


  • Newspapers on microfilm; the R.H. Stafford Library has a collection of newspapers on microfilm

    Forest Lake Times, 1995-2008

    South Washington County Bulletin, 1985-2007

    Woodbury Bulletin, 1998-2008

    Newsweek, 1974-2005

    Time, 1965-2006

    US News & World Report, 1974-2006

  • Print reference materials: encyclopedias, history books, etc.


See our list of Homework Help Databases arranged by grade level:

Recommended Databases

ArchiveGrid: Search through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.

Biography in Context: Combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources. Also includes full text articles from hundreds of periodicals.

Britannica Online:
Academic Edition
Public Library Edition
School Edition

Explora Teen: Middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles and also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia.

Middle Search Plus: Contains full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Also contains primary source documents.

ProQuest Newspapers: Database with citations and abstracts from over 350 newspapers, over 250 of which provide full text.

Student Resources in Context: Provides a selection of reference, thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary documents, creative works, and multimedia.


Find even more resources by visiting these regional websites.

MELSA Regional History Day Project Resources

Minitex: Researching History Day