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November 25, 2017

Each fall, eighth grade students from the D.C. Everest School District take part in National History Day. Held annually, students around the country will conduct their own research into topics related to an overarching National History Day theme. After months of research, the students write a paper and present their final projects to school staff and the public. Winning projects are then recognized at the school's History Day Award Ceremony. 

This year's National History Day theme is "Taking a Stand in History." Inevitably, many students participating in National History Day visit their location Marathon County Public Library location to conduct their research and to acquire various published written and electronic resources. Whether you are participating in this year's National History Day or are a student working on a project for another class, MCPL has various resources that will be helpful to you. We've included instructions for accessing our online resources below, as well as links to other helpful databases and credible websites.

Accessing MCPL's Online Resources

1. Visit the Marathon County Public Library's website at
2. Find the "Reserach" tab on the menu bar near the top of the page.
3. On the drop-down menu that appears, click "Online Resources." You will then see a full listing of MCPL's available online resources. 
4. Choose the database in which you would like to search. For history topics, try using the following:
     a. Access Newspaper Archive: Millions of searchable newspaper pages dating as far back as the 1700's, presented in PDF format that preserves the original context and format of content.
     b. EBSCOHost: Contains multiple databases of magazines, newspapers, images and more.
     c. Explora for Middle and High School Students: Online encyclopedia articles, magazines articles, videos and websites
     d. Heritage Quest: Provies you with a connection for tracing family history and American culture. Images of original documents are provided.
     e. History Reference Center: The world's most comprehensive full-text history reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books, plus articles from history periodicals.

Other Valuable Websites for History Research

1. Library of Congress:
2. Library of Congress Digital Collections:
3. American Memory Project:
4. National Archives:
5. National Archives Digital Vault:
6. National Security Archive:
7. National Parks Service:
8. Smithsonian:
9. Yale Avalon Project (documents in law, history and diplomacy):
10. Internet Archive:
11. Wisconsin Historical Society:
12. Recollection Wisconsin:
13. Digital Public Library of America:
14. World Digital Library:
15. Canadian History:
16. National Security Archive:
17. The Vietnam Center and Archive:
18. Making of America:
19. Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History:
20. Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project:
21. Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database:
22. Documenting the American South:
23. Office of the Historian (Foreign Relations of the United States):
24. University of Wisconsin Digital Collections:
25. In the First Person (collection of diaries, letters and oral histories):
26. EUDocs:
27. AMDocs:
28. Internet History Sourcebooiks Project:

The American Library Association's References and User's Services Assocation has a list of reviewed reference websites that may be valuable to you. You can find the list here:

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