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The 2019-20 National History Day theme is "Breaking Barriers in History."

The Chicago Metro History Fair site can help you with finding a topic and doing research

Library Databases


Read full-text articles from academic journals, books and primary sources across many different fields, including the arts, humanities and sciences.


Research your family history with primary documents from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and World War II.

Chicagoland and Illinois Resources

Chicago Collections

Explore this collaboration of many Chicago-area organizations, archiving the city's history and culture.

The Newberry

Use research materials on the history of Chicago and the Midwest, including settlement, growth and politics.

Chicago History Museum

Make an appointment at the Chicago History Museum and get help finding materials related to your topic.

Chicago Public Library

Visit Chicago Public Library in person to access its four special collections or use their online resources.

Mapping the Stacks

Find tips on where to find collections about Black Chicago between the 1930s and 1970s.

Urban Experience in Chicago: 1889 – 1963

See documents, photos and essays of Hull House and its neighborhoods.

University of Illinois at Chicago's Image Collections

View more than 60,000 digitized images from the university library's archives.

Illinois Digital Archives

Learn Illinois history through archived photographs, letters, postcards and posters.

CARLI Digital Collections

Explore special collections digitized over the past decade by academic and research libraries.

More Resources

Project Gutenberg

Find free eBooks, including older works for which copyright has expired.

Google Books

Read books and magazines, download them, cite them and translate them. Some books are provided by publishers, while others are scanned as part of a Google project.

Hathi Trust

Access cultural records digitized through a partnership of major research institutions and libraries.

Internet Archive

View an archive of numerous formats — web pages, books, audio recordings, videos, images and software programs.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Search the Library of Congress for newspapers from 1789-1963, or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.