ELM for History Day

The Electronic Library for Minnesota contains a number of databases to help students find information for History Day projects.

ELM Databases for History Day

  • Britannica School
  • Britannica Academic Edition
  • Research In Context
  • Student Resources In Context
  • Explora Teens
  • Academic Search Premier
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • Minnesota Reflections

Investigate some of these databases using the steps below.

Content Basics


Use these fact sheets to get an introduction to the key features of some of ELM’s history databases.

Research In Context
A middle school-appropriate database of reference works, biographies, magazine and journal articles, primary source documents, and multimedia.
           Fact Sheet

Student Resources In Context 
Encyclopedia, magazine, and journal articles, plus primary sources, images, video, and more for middle and high school students. 
           Fact Sheet

Explora Teens
Contains middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles and also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia.
            Fact Sheet

Britannica School 
Encyclopedia content plus multimedia, timelines, world data analyst, country comparison, and more.

Academic Search Premier
Thousands of scholarly publications across all academic disciplines.

Hands-On Activities


Use these activities to explore ELM’s history databases. Choose an activity below and open up the relevant history day database to complete the exercises. 

Research In Context
A middle school-appropriate database of reference works, biographies, magazine and journal articles, primary source documents, and multimedia.
            Activity

Student Resources in Context 
Encyclopedia, magazine, and journal articles, plus primary sources, images, video, and more for middle and high school students. 

Explora Teens
Contains middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles and also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia.
             Activity

Britannica School
Encyclopedia content plus multimedia, timelines, world data analyst, country comparison, and more.
Academic Search Premier
Thousands of scholarly publications across all academic disciplines.

Recorded Webinars


For a little more information on these databases, watch these recorded webinars presented by Reference Outreach & Instruction librarians at Minitex (the institution that manages ELM).


The 2015 National History Day theme is "Leadership and Legacy in History."  This one hour webinar will focus on and demonstrate research-based resources in ELM that will help students develop rich, well-documented, successful History Day projects.

History of Minnesota - Digitized for Your Convenience (49 minutes)

Minnesota’s history has come to life once again through the efforts of many libraries, museums, county historical societies, and leading the effort is Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota Digital Library. Join Minitex staff in this 45 minute webinar as we discover some hidden gems in the digitization efforts chronicling Minnesota’s past. We will highlight newspapers, images, documents, and resource guides.





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