National History Day in Northeastern Wisconsin

Coordinated by Archives, Cofrin Library

An opportunity for students grades 6-12 to create a history project and compete at local, regional, state & national levels.


Tips for a Successful Research Visit


Tip #1

Students should be dropped off at the Circle Drive in front of Cofrin Library. The group should then proceed to the second floor of Cofrin Library (plaza entrance). Your group will be met by a member of the National History Day staff. We encourage one adult chaperone per 10-12 students to help with the research tasks of the day. If discipline problems arise or students are off-task, they will be referred to the teacher in charge.

Tip #2

We strongly encourage students to research their topic in your school’s library and Cofrin Library for secondary sources before your visit.

Tip #3

Have the students familiarize themselves with the important information regarding their topic, eg. names, dates. To help with this process, we encourage students to have the Topic Research Strategy worksheet that we sent you completed.

  • NOTE: Cofrin Library Staff may ask students to complete this worksheet upon arrival at the Library.

Tip #4

No materials may be checked out until all research visits are complete for the year. Teachers will be notified towards the end of January when check-outs may begin. Materials may be obtained by using Interlibrary Loan services at the local school library or local public library. Individuals over eighteen may obtain a NEW ERA card from our library and check out materials. This must be done in person.

  • NOTE: some of the materials used during research field trips are non-circulating and thus would not be available to borrow.

Tip #5

If your school has a laptop with wireless capabilities, please bring it with you on your research day. We are asking this to expand the number of computers available for your students. The computers available in the Library and Archives are limited. In order that the students may access our databases with their laptops, they must be properly configured. See Wireless Configuration Instructions.

Tip #6

Students who might download materials should bring a saving device such as a flash drive for downloading information.

Tip #7

Students will have the capability to e-mail materials (full text articles) to their own e-mail address while on campus. Encourage students to have their own e-mail addresses available. Most databases allow this capability but there are a few that do not allow non-campus users to send the text via e-mails.

Tip #8

Students will have the capability to photocopy materials while on campus. The simplest way to handle this is for teachers to purchase two guest cards. This will take care of most of your printing needs. You can purchase the guest cards with cash. The dispensing machine will also issue a receipt for you.

NOTE: the guest cards cost sixty cents. Once you have purchased the card, you may add any amount of money you choose.

  • All copies/prints are now $.10 ($.20 for 11 x 17 size paper)

Questions or Concerns?

If there are any questions or concerns about your visit to the UW-Green Bay Library, please do not hesitate to e mail or call (920) 465-2539.