An important part of your History Day project will be finding and learning from primary sources, documents created during the time period being studied by people who lived then. The websites listed below allow you to view primary sources by topic, time period, or type of primary source, such as amendments, petitions, speeches or editorials.
To access these websites, you will need to login using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call (573) 443-3161 or (800) 324-4806.
Don’t have a DBRL library card? If you live in Boone or Callaway Counties, you can get a free card at any age, but applications for those under 18 require a parent or guardian’s signature. Learn more.
- Academic Search Elite
This scholarly collection provides full-text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study – including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature and more.
- EBSCO MasterFILE Premier
Provides full text for nearly 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. It also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 86,017 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an image collection of 341,655 photos, maps and flags.
- MAS Ultra – School Edition
Designed for high school students, this database contains full-text articles, biographies, primary source documents, reference books and images on topics ranging from science, history and literature to political science and more.
Full text articles and archives from the Boone County Journal, Fulton Sun, Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- Newspaper Source
Cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national and international newspapers as well as selective full text for more than 370 regional papers.
- African-American History Online
Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.
- American History Online
Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.
- American Indian History Online
Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage.
- American Women’s History Online
Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women’s history in the United States.
- Ancient and Medieval History Online
Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
- Issues and Controversies in American History
Builds a deeper understanding of how historical events have shaped our nation by exploring the key players and the battles they fought.
- Modern World History Online
Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history–from mid-15th century to the present.