Begin your research by brainstorming keywords - the words and phrases you’ll use to search for books, articles, websites, government documents, and other resources. These may include names of people and places or historical concepts like eras and movements. A librarian can suggest “subject headings” to find the most relevant resources.
Example Keywords & Catalog Subject Headings
Books/Print Resources at DPL
Genealogy, African American and Western History Resources
The Western History & Genealogy department focuses on Colorado and the West. These materials do not check out and are available at the Central Library when we are open. Western History and Genealogy Staff are also available to assist by phone and email and can provide scans of collection items for your project. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and include "National History Day" in your subject line, or call 720-865-1821, Sunday-Thursday, 1-5 p.m.
The Blair Caldwell African American Research Library archives and reference collections focus on African American history and culture in Colorado and the West. Materials from the archives do not check out and are available to view on Level 2 of the library. Blair-Caldwell Library staff are available to assist you by phone and email. We can also provide scans of collection items for your project. Email email@example.com and include "National History Day" in your subject line, or call 720-865-2401, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Library databases are online collections of information, organized for research. Databases contain articles, eBooks, images, maps, primary sources and more. If you don’t have a library card, register online for immediate access to these resources. The following recommended databases are available on our Research and Teen Social Studies pages.
Look up topic overviews, magazine and academic journal articles, facts and primary sources for research papers, class projects or homework. Get information from trustworthy sources that you can cite in your papers. Designed with students and educators in mind.
Prospector: Materials from Other Colorado and Wyoming Libraries
As a Denver Public Library customer, you can also borrow materials from other libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. Use Prospector to request materials that DPL does not own.
Before using information you find on the internet for assignments and research, it is important to establish that the information comes from a reliable and appropriate source. The following websites, from government, academic and nonprofit organizations, have been evaluated for authority, accuracy, content and currency.