National History Day Resources
Memorial Library Portal
- Use the Memorial portal to search for books in our library or, from the Location drop down menu, choose Sioux Falls School District to search all school libraries
- Best MackinVia databases for this project are:
Biography in Context - overview articles on people living or dead
ABC/CLIO - for overview information or primary sources. Choose the database that corresponds to the time
period of your project.
- Wikipedia can be an excellent source to give you great background information when you are starting your project. Although you should never cite Wikipedia as a source in your project, the real power of Wikipedia is in the sources near the bottom of each article. Many times these sources can point you in the direction of primary or secondary sources.
State and Local History
Siouxland Heritage Museums
South Dakota State Library database resources
- includes Deadwood Historical Newspapers, Deadwood archives, Archive Grid, Sanborn Maps, Indian Country historical newspapers, South Dakota State Online Publications
Library of Congress
- American Memory Timeline breaks down primary source collections by era
- Excellent source for primary sources. docsteach.org is a searchable database of documents
- This website has links to document collections broken down by topic
- National Endowment for the Humanities /Library of Congress source for historical newspapers from 1789-1925
Google News Archives
- Although Google stopped adding content to this service in 2011 and the keyword searching capabilities are less than ideal, you may get lucky and find what you need.
Smithsonian Museum History Explorer
Searchable database of primary sources and artifacts
Google Searching Tips
If you are still having trouble finding information, brainstorm Google search keywords that will help you narrow down results more effectively
- Make a list of people, events, places significant to your topic
- what types of primary sources would have existed at the time of your topic
- search for your topic keywords with primary source type for example:
Julius Caesar "primary source"
Julius Caesar speech
"Nelson Rockefeller" memoir