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.
- History Day theme
The 2019-2020 History Day Theme is "Breaking Barriers in History"
- National History Day in Minnesota Theme and Topic Help
Find more resources to help you understand the theme and pick a topic. 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.
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.
- 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.