Library Resources for History Day Projects

This guide is designed for students working on History Day projects at Wilson Library find articles, sources, and get started with research.


Search for physical materials at Wilson Library

These screenshots show you how to narrow down your search results. If you visit Wilson Library to find materials, this is how you can make sure what you want is available. 

How to read call numbers

table for reading call numbers


  1. Q 76 .K26
  2. QA 17 .F75 - QA comes after Q
  3. QA 17.1 .C98 - 17.1 after 17
  4. QA 17.1 .D22 - .D22 after .C98
  5. TK 29 .M49 - TK after QA
  6. TK 29 .M5 - .M5 after .M49

Primary sources

History, Humanities, Social Sciences

Primary sources in these disciplines are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories.

Examples include: Letters, manuscripts, diaries, rare books, historical photographs, first-hand accounts or documentary sources on a subject, person, event or issue; newspapers written at the time of an event, song, or film from time period, historical maps, government reports or data, etc.

Using Archives and Special Collections resources

Get full text articles

When using Library resources, the FindIt link is your connection to accessing the full text of articles if a PDF link is not already visible.

This short video will show you how to get to the articles you need for your research paper or other University of Minnesota assignments. Never pay for articles! If we don't have it online, request it and we will get it for you. 


Government Publications as primary sources

Government publications can be excellent primary sources. The Government Publications collection at Wilson Library contains United States federal documents as well as a comprehensive collection of publications from state departments, state extension services, and agricultural experiment stations.  Besides being a regional United States government depository, the Libraries also receive documents from Canada, the European Union, and the United Nations, as well as publications from other countries and international organizations.


Last Updated: Sep 25, 2023 9:58 AM