Howard County Library System offers classes and reliable online research tools to maximize students’ History Day research.
Visit these sites for official participation information
Important dates to remember
- Howard County Public School System competition: TBA
- Maryland History Day competition: April 29, 2017 at UMBC
- National History Day competition: June 2017 at the University of Maryland College Park
HCLS online tools featuring primary sources
American Periodicals: Search more than 1,500 magazines and journals published between 1740 and 1940 on topics including general interest, scholarly research, and professional/trade news.
Archives Unbound: Search primary source materials related to Maryland history, such as Maryland’s city and business directories from 1752-1929, letters and reports from the War of 1812, and Confederate newspapers.
Baltimore Afro-American Archives (1893 – 1988): Often called The Afro, this weekly newspaper was the most widely circulated African American paper on the Atlantic coast. It was the first black newspaper to have correspondents reporting on World War II as well as foreign correspondents and female sports correspondents.
Baltimore Sun Archives (1837 – 1990).
History Reference Center: Search for historical information from around the globe and across time periods. Includes info on topics such as the Renaissance, the modern Middle East, Ancient Egypt, and more.
Indigenous Peoples: North America: Find short films, photos, newspaper articles, manuscripts, and much more about Native Americans.
Liberty Magazine (1924-1950): This once-popular weekly U.S. magazine featured guest articles by some of the biggest politicians, celebrities, authors, and artists of the 20th Century.
MasterFILE Premier: A large digitized collection of magazines, trade publications, scholarly materials, photos, maps, flags, biographies, and country reports.
National Geographic Virtual Library: Includes National Geographic magazine from 1888 to the present as well as recent issues of National Geographic Traveler.
New York Times archives: Search back issues of The New York Times from 1851 – 2011.
Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers: Features urban and rural papers throughout America in the 1800s, with an emphasis on topics such as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration, and Antebellum-era life.
Smithsonian collections online: Includes back issues of Smithsonian and Air & Space magazines from 1970 – 2010, as well as the most recent issues.
HCLS History Day classes
Assigned a National History Day project? Our research experts teach you their tips and tools. Meet history day judges, and learn strategies to locate sources. Ages 11-17, with parent.
Additionally, one-on-one History Day sessions available with an HCLS Research Specialist
Do you need help with your History Day project? Meet with an HCLS Research Specialist for a one hour session and get assistance with either developing a History Day topic, finding appropriate primary and secondary resources, or reviewing your finished project.
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Additional Research Tools for Students
Archives of Maryland Online
Digital Public Library of America
EDSITEment! Student Resources
Howard County Historical Society
Maryland Historical Society
National Archives’ Online Research Tools
Additional Research Tools for Teachers
DocsTeach by the National Archives
EDSITEment! Lesson Plans
Library of Congress’ Resources for Teachers
Making Sense of Evidence from History Matters at George Mason University
Maryland Humanities Council’s Teacher Resources
National History Day Teacher Resources
Smithsonian Resources for Educators