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History Day!

This guide will help you locate both primary and secondary resources to use in your History Day projects.

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Library Book Search

If you can't find what you're looking for, our Interlibrary Loan service allows you to borrow books from other libraries. Create an account, log in, and request the article, book, chapter, or media you need. Articles and chapters will be delivered electronically, usually within 24 hours. Books and other physical materials can take between 7-10 days to arrive.

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What is History Day?

National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students.

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites.

To read more and/or watch a video on National History Day go to:

What is a primary source?

Watch this short video to understand the difference between primary and secondary sources. 

GET BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Encylopedias, dictionaries, and more

These resources are collections of reference books delivered online and primarily contain access to "secondary sources" information. Nonetheless, these sources often provide needed background and context. They also often refer to "primary source" materials that you can find elsewhere.