Chicago History Fair

Helpful Stuff:

Suggestions for Locating Books and Databases

  • MC online card catalog
  • Local public libraries: Search the Chicago Public, South Suburban or Indiana Public Library card catalog for books, databases and journals. Put books on hold, renew, or request a book to be sent to another library. 

*For African-American history research visit the Woodson Library at 95th and Halsted

*For Irish History visit the Beverly Brand library at 95th and Damen

Connect to the CPL's Databases for History Fair Research

  •  America: History & Life Center
  • American National Biography
  • African-American History Online
  • Biography Resource Center
  • Chicago Daily News Photos 1902-1933
  • Chicago Defender Historical
  • Chicago Tribune Historical Archives (1849-1992)
  • Chronicling America (Newspaper Sources)
  • Encyclopedia of Chicago (MC Library has print copy)
  • Explore Chicago Collections
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Oxford African American Studies

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Suggested Websites for Finding a Information on a Specific Topic:


Suggested Websites for Finding Primary Sources:


Special Libraries, Archives & Collections

Special Collections at the Harold Washington Library downtown include:

  • Neighborhood History Research Collection
  • Chicago Blues Archives
  • Mayor Harold Washington Archives