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. You can talk to a librarian over chat during our open hours, fill out this online form, or send an email. Librarians can help you with the information you've already located, give suggestions for finding additional information, and more.

Virtual History Day Hullabaloo with Washington County Library

Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This even will be totally virtual! Get extra help on your History Day project from Washington County librarians and Minnesota History Day staff. Check back for more information about how to sign up for virtual support.

Print Resources

R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury 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

All Washington County Library branches have print reference materials including encyclopedias, history books, and more.

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

Virtual History Day Hullabaloos for 2020-2021

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