John Adams

Middle School

History Day Resources

Here are databases and websites to help you gather information for your history day project.  The truth is out there somewhere.


Books & Library Catalogs:  
   JA Library Catalog   -   Rochester Public Library    -   
        (search all MN libraries) (what are the newest books on your topic)

Encyclopedia Sets:
  High School Level Encyclopedia Britannica for beginning your research. 

  Worldbook Advanced (higher level) Encyclopedia 

  World Book Social Studies POWER! 



  Student Resources in Context 
Database GALE 

  Student Research Collection Database 

  EBSCOHOST - MAS Ultra - High School Edition Database 
((Click on High School Databases from big list.))

   Big Jumbo Collection of GALE databases (adv. user)


  Newspaper and Online News Sites

Proquest News Stand Complete - 
Searches thousands? of newspapers

Other websites for giant fairly reliable news sources:

NY Times
- Washington Post
- LA Times
- BBC News
- PBS News Hour

Biography Databases and Sites:

   Biography In Context - database of biographies, powered by Gale.   >Link is here

 Biography dot com   Fairly reliable website with ....
Link to


Instead of google.... try Sweetsearch:

  Mostly, Sweetsearch, (when it's working) has trained its search to deliver only reliable results 

ok, sweetsearch is not working try google scholar or advanced search.

 Google Scholar

Google search with results limited to:   Google results with only .Gov
                                                              Google results with only .edu


Other Potential Resources

   Minnesota Historical Society
Big List of Research Links
or >
MN Map Database 
or > MN Historical Newspapers Database
        (with actual scan of the papers)

Formatting and writing help:

OWL MLA formatting guide

Is your source credible / reliable-- 6 questions to ask!
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