Use this guide to assist you in the research process for your National History Day project. Remember to save citations from any resources you will be using for your research.
Watch the instructional video, then take the quiz before starting your topic search.
Full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
Gale resource portal.
Facts and arguments on current events topics and social issues.
Contains full text for hundreds of encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources including primary source documents.
Searches many ProQuest databases from one interface. *Citations are given in APA format. To convert to MLA: choose MLA 8th and click CHANGE or it will stay in APA format.
Award winning in-depth coverage of topical issues written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked.
Ebooks from Salem Press containing primary source documents and document analysis.
Ebook portal for Gale resources.
NHD provides a listing of many websites that may be useful for your research divided by topic. Be sure to check out the Primary Source listings divided by US and World History topics.
To access these resources sign up for a NewseumED account: registration is free and student data is not collected. Also, students are free to use images of any sources from the Newseum Collection in their National History Day projects as long as they visibly credit “Newseum Collection."
Smithsonian Learning Lab collection looking at Tragedy and Triumph in Anerican Immigrant Experiences, World War I, and American Industry.
EDSITEment and Smithsonian education collaborate each year to create a collection of special digital resources keyed to the annual NHD theme. This year focusing on various aspects of the American immigrant experiences.
A list of primary sources from the National Archives based on the NHD suggested topic lists.
The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Civil Rights movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale.
Includes a link to Primary Source Sets by States
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Includes selected National History Topics from the 2019 Theme Book and corresponding sample search results, Primary Source Sets, and Exhibitions available via DPLA.
Provides articles NPS contributed to the National History Day themebooks along with teaching resources. Use the search bar on the top of the page to search the NPS site.
Free NBC News video clips.
Use the link provided to access the Middle and High school collection created for the 2019 National History Day theme – Triumph and Tragedy.
Federal Digital System
Links to government publications in the National Archives, gateways and guides to federal information, finding aids and indexes to government documents, federal directories, and other government publications.
Use the library guides linked here to help you decipher the parts of a government document.