Online Research Resources
While only a small
fraction of all the research material that exists is available
online, but there is an ever increasing amount of primary sources
that you can find on the web. Below are links to some of the
resources past National History Day students have found useful.
Check These Out
DPI website featuring search capabilities for online databases
and library catalogs. This is free for Wisconsin students,
unlike other database services. Especially useful portions
of Badgerlink include:
- NewspaperArchive: world’s largest newspaper database,
searches millions from the 1700’s to present.
- EBSCO: Searches numerous topic-focused databases of
various journals and printed publications.
- Google Books: The
full text of more than 7 million books from libraries all
over the world, and every word is searchable. The University
of Wisconsin-Madison is a partner in this project, meaning
many resources are now available digitally.
- Library Catalog (formerly MadCat): Online
library catalog for all University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries.
Find resources for use online (including databases, journal
articles, etc.) and print sources for use in Madison, or through
Worth a Look!
- Best History
Sites: Research websites that have been reviewed and suggested
as useful for historical learning. Divided by topic for easy
- Librarians Internet Index:
14 main topic areas divide this site, which lists creditable
websites to use for research. Each topic area is subdivided
into more specific topics, allowing you to find good research
websites related to thousands of topics.
- ArCat: Search
engine for Wisconsin Historical Society Archives. Find collections
held at the Madison headquarters or at Area Research Centers
(ARCs) throughout the state. Materials can be loaned within
- La Crosse History
Unbound: Full text, digitized primary and secondary material
relating to the La Crosse area.
Archives Great Lakes Region: Historical records from 1800.
Includes information from 85 Federal courts and agencies.
County Histories: Search for information based on a specific
county in Wisconsin.
Digital Collections: Primary and Secondary sources on
a variety of Wisconsin topics. Information on specific cities
and individuals available, and is fully searchable.
- Wisconsin Heritage
Online: Online research sources about Wisconsin history
owned by libraries, archives, and museums all across the state.
Historical Society Research Portal: Main research page
indexing available research databases, catalogs and finding
aids, and other resources affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical
Society and its holdings.
- American Journeys:
Contains more than 18,000 pages from North American exploration.
Documents from missionaries, explorers, and Native Americans
included among the variety of rare sources.
Memory Project: Library of Congress: Millions of documents
from historic events, people, and ideas that shaped America.
Over 100 thematic collections organize the over 9 million
items in this digital collection.
- The American
Presidency: This website brings together more than 86,000
documents in a searchable database format. Documents range
from inaugural addresses to public papers.
- The Avalon Project:
Documents in Law, History & Diplomacy: Divided by
time period, this site run by Yale Law Schools brings together
important documents in law making. Ancient documents to 21st
century can be found from a variety of places around the world
that influenced law.
- Cornell University
Library Windows on the Past: Group of digital collections
from Cornell’s collections. Topics are varied, including
diverse collections from Latin America & New York State
records, to collections on historic agriculture & math
in Action: U.S. Dept of State: Over 350 volumes relating
to American foreign policy. Can be searched by presidential
term or topic, beginning with the Truman administration in
1952 through the end of the Nixon-Ford administrations in
- Documenting the American
South: Digital resources on topics in 12 categories ranging
from slave narratives to the South in various wars. Primary
documents found along with brief descriptions of the topic.
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance,
and Abolition: An online collection of documents relating
to the Atlantic slave system including articles, cartoons,
letters, and speeches.
Internet Modern History Sourcebook:
Thousands of digital sources indexed by time period. Sources
vary from Colonial America, the French Revolution, to Socialism
to Decolonization. Suggests extensive lists of online sources
for research depending on topic.
of Congress- Prints & Photographs: Over 1 million
digital images from the collection of the Library of Congress.
- The National
Archives: Homepage to our Nation’s Archives. Based
on your topic, begin research here for primary documents or
images related to your interest.
- The National Security
Archive: Access to declassified national security documents
through digitized collections. Topics from U.S. Intelligence
to nuclear history can be researched here.
Documents from the Library of Congress: Primary sources
organized into three time periods: The American Revolution
(1763-1815), National Expansion & Reform (1815-1860),
Civil War & Reconstruction (1860-1877). 20th century documents
are soon to be added.
- Society for American Baseball
Research: Connects baseball research websites that document
the history of the sport. Research page shows specific events
in baseball, oral histories, baseball in Asia, among many
important topics relating to the sport.
EuroDocs: Digitized documents divided by country. Connects
user to important primary and secondary documents based on
event or time period within a given country’s list.
European Library: Searches the content of European National
Libraries. User can select digitized collection to view materials
available online from these sources.
Links user to over 4 million images, texts, and videos on
European topics from archives, collections, and museums throughout
the continent. Items are constantly added with the digitizing
Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies: Sponsored
by Georgetown University, this website brings together various
sources on medieval topics. Divided into time period (such
as Byzantine) or by topic (such as astronomy).
& Classic Cultures: Collection of links to websites
about ancient cultures around the world. Includes sites about
Africa, Asia Minor, Aztecs, Celts, China, Egyptians, Greeks,
Hebrews, Incas, India, Inuit, Muslims, Mongolia, Persia, Romans,
Viking, and wonders of the ancient world.
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Collection of links
to historic collections from a variety of ancient sources.
Edited by a historian, topics discussed include Greece, Rome,
and Mesopotamia among others.
Digital Library: Contains information on the history,
culture and literature of Greece and Rome. Primary sources
and reference works such as encyclopedias.
of Science & Technology: University of Wisconsin digital
collections of science & technology related primary and
secondary sources. Also includes writings about scientific
discoveries & research at the University of Wisconsin.
from the History of Medicine: Over 70,000 images relating
to medicine and health.
History of Science: Divided by culture or time period,
this website brings together important primary documents in
the history of science. Resources date from ancient times
to moral issues in modern science.
Internet Resources for History of Science & Technology:
Guide to databases, e-journals, & e-books on science
and technology topics. Provides starting points for research
in these topic areas by connecting the user to other sites
or databases with relevant information.
- NASA History Division:
Alphabetical or topical index allows the user to research
various NASA topics. Biographies, milestones, photos and videos
are also included.