Washington State History Day Resources

General Information for History Day here
The theme for 2017 is Taking a Stand in History. The page above is chock full of information to help you organize your thoughts, follow great research practices, and gather primary and secondary source information.

If you need books, search our online library catalog here

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

Primary vs. Secondary Sources


When you're ready to start searching, you can access a TON of books, journals, magazines, and newspapers (including historical newspapers) on the following:

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

ProQuest Research Library   Probably your best bet

History Study Center But here's another good one!

SIRS Discoverer General Research Database, I'd go to ProQuest first.

ProQuest Learning: Literature For this project...only if you're studying an author or looking for a particular text.  It can be helpful.

CultureGrams For this project...meh.  Not the best.


The following databases through Gale give you access to several reference books on history, including American Decades Primary Sources.

To access all of these materials, please enter the password "lancers" after clicking the links.


Gale Virtual Reference Library Books

Salem History

Including:
 The collected volumes of The Twentieth Century in America
 Milestone Documents of: World Religions,
African American History, World History, American Leaders
 Great Lives from History: African Amercians
Great Lives of the 20th Century
 Encyclopedia of American Immigration

You can also use the following sites for research:

InstaGrok is an innovative educational search engine that combines sophisticated semantic technology with an interactive user interface to make learning more engaging, personalized and fun for everyone.  Set up an account for "student" and put the class as "LibraryResearch." 



USA.gov 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! 

The U.S. Census Bureau 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!


The Bureau of Labor Statistics 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.

September 11 Digital Archive

September 11 Digital Archive A collection of resources about and from 9/11/01 -- primary and secondary sources available for research.


DPLA: Digital Public Library of AmericaDigital Public Library of AmericaThis 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).


Archives.gov A variety of resources available for research and perusal through the National Archives 


Office of the Historian
US Department of State Office of Historian Find historical documents, guides to countries, statistics, and other resources online from this government agency.


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