History Day Resources


Need help with your History Day project or even just a place to start? Washington County Library is here to help with the resources below. As always our librarians are ready to help too. Feel free to walk up to any librarian at any of our libraries for assistance but you may want to schedule an appointment with a librarian. You can also talk to a librarian by email or fill out this online form. Librarians can help you with the information you've already located, give suggestions for finding additional information, and more.

History Day Hullabaloo at R.H. Stafford Library

Thursday, December 12, 2019  3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for a FREE History Day Research Open House and get extra help on your History Day project!

  • Get research help from librarians
  • Discover new primary and secondary sources
  • View sample projects
  • Learn more about History Day at a mini-lesson
  • Receive one-on-one help from a History Day staff member or mentor!
  • Free event! No RSVP or registration required

Print Resources

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.

Library Databases for Teens

Britannica School Edition: Search Encyclopaedia Britannica content for elementary, middle, and high school grade students. Learn more about Britannica Online - School Edition: Fact Sheet & Interactive Tutorial

Explora Teens: Search middle and high school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedia, dictionaries - includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia. Learn more: Explora Teens Fact Sheet

General Science Collection: Search for articles from the most popular scientific journals for the latest scientific developments. Learn more: General Science Collection Fact Sheet

MAS Ultra - School Edition:Contains full text for more than 500 popular, high school magazines. Full text is also available for 85,670 biographies and 105,786 primary source documents. Also contains more than 360 reference books.

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.

Points of View Reference Center: Find essays that examine multiple sides of controversial topics and current issues. Learn more about Points of View Reference Center: Fact Sheet, Interactive Tutorial, & Help Video

Research in Context: For grade 6-8 students, use to search magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, and more. Learn more about Research in Context: Fact Sheet & Tutorial Videos

Additional Database Resources

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

Biography in Context: Search for biographical information about thousands of people, from all time periods including historical figures and today's celebrities. Learn more: Biography in Context Help Video

Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub: Search Minnesota newspaper articles from the Minnesota Historical Society archives. Find geographically and culturally diverse newspapers published between 1856 and today.

ProQuest Global Newsstream: Find newspaper articles from hundreds of papers from around the country. Learn more about ProQuest Newspapers: Fact Sheet, Interactive Tutorial, & Help Video

More Resources

History Day Hullabaloo 2018

National History Day MN - Student Resources (Minnesota State Historical Society)

National History Day MN Resources (MELSA)

Researching History Day (Minitex)