University Libraries

Wilson Library

April 16, 2014
7:00am - Midnight

Getting Started

The University of Minnesota has lots of great resources on campus and on-line to help you choose your History Day topic and find primary and secondary sources for your project.

Choosing a Topic

Some suggestions for a History Day topic and resources to help you get started on your research.

  • History Day Theme
    The 2012 History Day Theme is "Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History." This website by the Minnesota Historical Society has information about the theme and handy worksheets to help you find a topic that fits it.
  • Minnesota History Topics
    Interested in a Minnesota history topic? The Minnesota Historical Society lists dozens of great local history topics with links to sources at Minnesota Historical Society.
  • University of Minnesota Center for Austrian Studies
    Suggestions for History Day topics about Austria and Central Europe as well as information about the Center's topical prizes offered at State History Day.

Biography Sources

There are several ways to search for biographical information. If you are looking for a famous person, you can find biographies in MNCAT.

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Encyclopedia Americana - Location: Wilson Reference AE5.E333
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
  • Biography Index: A Cumulative Index to Biographical Material in Books and Magazines - Location: Wilson Reference CT214 .B56x
  • Marquis Who's Who
    Features comprehensive profiles on 1.2 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment,sports and more.

General Reference Sources

  • Oxford Reference Online
    This resource brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works.
  • CQ Electronic Library
    Provides access to CQ Weekly, CQ Researcher, CQ Public Affairs Collection and the CQ Voting and Elections Collection. The CQ Weekly provides nonpartisan information on Capitol Hill. The CQ Researcher and Public Affairs collections investigate a wide range of topics, providing the pro's and con's of the issues.
  • CQ Researcher
    Designed as a starting place for research, provides background on topics of widespread interest. The reports define the issues and include a chronology and extensive bibliographies.
  • Issues and Controversies@FACTS.com
    Reference database that combines objective analysis, and opposing points of view on controversial topics.