The University of Minnesota has lots of great resources on campus and online 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.

Biography sources

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

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Encyclopedia Americana - Location: Wilson Library General Collection AE5.E333
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
  • Biography Index: A Cumulative Index to Biographical Material in Books and Magazines - Location: Wilson General Collection 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 pros and cons 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.