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Utah History Day Research Resources

US History


Library of Congress (LOC)

Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) – digitized primary sources from collections across
the West

National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)

The Utah Division of State History – Your Source for Utah History! 

University Research Libraries in Utah
Visit your local university library to find secondary sources such as books and articles.  Special Collections at each university house primary source materials on a wide range of topics. 

Good Places to Find Secondary Sources

More Primary Source Repositories

Museums and Historic Sites
Whether you’re working on a project that focuses on local history, national history, or international history, you’ll need both primary and secondary resources to make your project complete. Here are just some of the great places you can look for resources for your project.

If you would like to be added to this list of resources please email UtahHistoryDay@gmail.com.

Utah History Day Step by Step

We are excited that you’ve decided to do a project for Utah History Day! Thousands of Utah students just like you participate in History Day every year. The best advance to compete at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C.! Will it be you this year? We hope so! But before you can win, you’ve got to get started! Here’s how:

  1. Learn about the NHD Annual Theme.
  2. Choose your topic. You must choose a new topic each year. You cannot reuse research from a previous project. You cannot share or borrow research from another group or prior year’s project. 
  3. Decide which competition category you will enter. Learn more about them at our online Gallery.
  4. Research your topic. Start with 3-5 books and articles written by experts (secondary sources). Then begin searching for historical documents, newspaper articles, letters, etc. (primary sources). Find as many primary and secondary sources as you can. Research resources here.
  5. Create Your Project. 
    • Think about what your sources show. 
    • Explain how your topic relates to the theme. 
    • Place your topic in historical context. 
    • Show what happened. 
    • Tell why it’s important. 
    • Download Qualities of a Good NHD Project.
  6. Read the NHD Rule Book. More than a list of rules, this is your essential guide in creating your entry and will answer most of your questions.
  7. Complete your Process Paper and Annotated Bibliography. Learn more about these in the NHD Rule Book.  Students should bring 4 copies of each to the competition.
  8. Register for your local competition. Your first competition may be at your school or district. Registration for Utah’s ten regional contests opens January 1. Look for your contest dates and deadlines here



  • What does it cost?  IT’S FREE!  There is no registration fee for regional or state competitions in Utah.
  • Who can participate? Any Utah student in grades 4-12. Utah History Day is open to children who attend public, private, parochial, charter, online, or home schools.
  • Can I participate if my school does not?  YES!  Students may complete a project and enter their local regional competition on their own.


Utah History Day Topic Ideas

UHD- Topic Idea Image (Western Performance) Now that you have thought about the Annual Theme, you can choose a topic to research. History Day projects can focus on Utah, United States, European, or World history.  

Make sure that your topic relates clearly to the annual theme, but most importantly, choose a subject that you are passionate about!  These are just ideas to help you get your brain started. You are free to choose a topic that does not appear on these lists. The best projects always come from topics that interest you!