Local Historical Societies will often have records and collections related to local events. National Park & Memorials- Major events in U.S. History and local history are often covered by the National Park Service or local monuments. Museums- Museums can cover local, state, or national history topics. Historic Sites- Examples include historic houses and buildings, battlefields, and cemeteries. Archives- This could be the state archives, archives at colleges and universities (which often collect documents related to regional history), or city archives. The Local History Room at Your Library- Local libraries often serve as an archives for their area. They may keep area newspapers, documents, photos, and other records.
Seeking Michigan (www.seekingmichigan.org)Explore Michigan’s past and present through a searchable collection of primary sources. Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University - dlxs.lib.wayne.edu/v/vmc/topic.htmlPhotographs of Detroit people, places, and events and Detroit News Newsreels available online. The Benson Ford Research Center, The Henry Ford -www.hfmgv.org/research/index.aspxTake a look at highlights of the Henry Ford’s collections. Mostly artifacts, but some documents as well. Civil War Collections at Michigan State University -civilwar.archives.msu.edu/Materials include hundreds of pages of correspondence, diaries, musters, reminiscences, and photographs.
Making a note card for each source can help students later on in forming their annotated bibliographies- especially in preventing students from “forgetting” where they located a source online or when returning library books.
Notes- whether written on note cards, in a notebook, or in a word document are essential for keeping research organized. Students should always include their source when taking notes. The notes can be organized by subject line.
Starting Your Research
Michigan History Day
Where do I start?
Take a look at
Your library is the
best places to start!
keywords to use in
You’ll want to have
at least several.
Executive Order 9066
Where do I start searching for primary sources?
The Local History Room at Your Library
Key Online Research Sites
The Library of Congress - www.loc.gov
The Smithsonian- www.si.edu
American Journeys - www.americanjourneys.org
The National Archives - www.nationalarchives.gov
Michigan eLibrary- www.mel.org
Our Documents - www.ourdocuments.gov
The National Park Service- www.nps.gov/index.htm
New York Public Library Digital Gallery-
And for more research links, head to
Key Online Research Sites (cont.)
Online Research Sites for Michigan History
Seeking Michigan (www.seekingmichigan.org)
Explore Michigan’s past and present through a searchable collection of primary
Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University -
Photographs of Detroit people, places, and events and Detroit News Newsreels
The Benson Ford Research Center, The Henry Ford -
Take a look at highlights of the Henry Ford’s collections. Mostly artifacts, but some
documents as well.
Civil War Collections at Michigan State University -
Materials include hundreds of pages of correspondence, diaries, musters,
reminiscences, and photographs.
Website is associated with a
credible organization such as a
museum or the government.
Uses domain names such as
.gov, .mil, .edu, and sometimes
Does not contain
Lists its date of creation/last
Cites its sources.
May not say who the website is
associated with. May be an
Uses domain names such as
Contains quite a few
Does not list a date for when
the site was last updated.
Does not cite any of its sources.
Good Online Source Poor Online Source
Source Note Cards
Brinkley Douglas. Rosa Parks: A Life. New York:
Penguin Books, 2000.
Notes: Detailed biography with information about
her early life. Checked out from the Ann Arbor
Before the Arrival of the Model T
“During the last year or two, great improvements have been
made in the building of autocarriages and the only problem
now remaining with the manufacturer is the question of
reducing the cost of construction.”
(“The Advent of the Automobile”, p.9)