Social Studies Resources

Resources for historical research.  Included here are databases, links to curated websites, and History Day information. 
Access the library catalog here.  

What is the difference between primary and secondary sources?  Watch this short video to learn more.

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Gale Databases: 
Instructions: Use the password "lancers" for each of the databases on this link.

Assorted Databases: 

Instructions: To access each of the following databases for research, you must use our school's username and password.  For more information, or help with databases, please see Mrs. Parker-Haas in the library (or email  your questions).

USERNAME: jfkchs   PASSWORD: lancers
History, Government, and Social Studies Resources:

This is a directory site to government services and agencies. It's easy to navigate and leads you to other reliable sources that will allow you to research your topic. It covers anything and everything, from finding gas prices in a particular area to calculating your grade point average. You can learn where the nearest farmer's market is and you can learn how to incorporate your business. If you're doing research, this is a great place to explore!
This site offers so much! You can find out where the most babies are being born, where the most construction is happening, how many people died in your state last year, what's the current status on marriage and divorce, how many veterans are there, and more. This statistical playground is a minefield of evidence for any well-supported research!

This site not only provides students with statistical information on current job market trends in the US but includes articles on such topics as well.  Not only can teachers use this real-world information for current,relevant lessons, but students can use it for their own career planning. There are articles on healthcare, retirement, minimum wage, workplace education and more. Students can even learn about how the U.S. compares to countries around the globe.

 A collection of resources about and from 9/11/01 -- primary and secondary sources available for research.
This source brings together collections from America's libraries, archives, and museums and makes them freely available and searchable.  You will find a wealth of information here for research (or just for fun).
A variety of resources available for research and perusal through the National Archives

Find historical documents, guides to countries, statistics, and other resources online from this government agency.

History Day Resources

Link to 2019 National History Day site.  This site is excellent for many aspects of historical research, not just for NHD.
Link to the Washington State Historical Society's History Day page.  In addition, there are invaluable Washington State historical resources on the page as well.