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Mastodons are an extinct group of mammal species related to elephants, that inhabited North and Central America during the late Miocene or late Pliocene up to their extinction at the end of the Pleistocene 10,000 to 11,000 years ago. Mastodon

National History Day is a program for elementary through high school students. The theme for 2014 - 2015 is Leadership and Legacy in History. According to the National History Day website, “It asks students to consider what it means to lead an event (as opposed to just being present) and what it means to leave a legacy (and not just an obituary) behind. This theme asks students to examine the qualities of leaders and explore the creation of their legacies.”

The Duval County History Fair will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Atlantic Coast High School. Winners will progress on to the Florida State History Fair May 3–May 5, 2015, with a chance at making it to the National History Day Contest June 14–18, 2015.

Jacksonville Public Library can help you get started with your project in many ways.

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We have books at every reading level that will help you choose and research your topic. We have Encyclopedias and other reference materials.  We also offer a wide range of history related databases to help you research your topic in depth and discover primary resources.

What is a database?

Maybe the most important thing to know is that the Jacksonville Public Library research databases are not the Internet. So if your teacher doesn’t want you to use the Internet, you should still be able to use databases.

Databases are tools that your library or the State of Florida has purchased to give you access to a vast amount of information.  You access the information through a computer either from home or in the library. Not all databases can be accessed from home. You will need a valid library card to access the databases from home.

What is a primary resource?

A primary resource is a document, speech or other evidence that comes from the time of the historical event. It provides a firsthand view of the event you are studying. Many of the databases we offer will provide you with primary resources.

Click here if you have problems accessing a database from home.

ABC-CLIO Daily Life Through History  ABC CLIO Daily Life Through History (In-Library Use)  (Remote Access)
This is a cross-disciplinary resource that supports history, social studies, English, and language students. Moves seamlessly from past to present, providing context for contemporary life and culture. Shows how fascinating and fun it is to explore how others lived and live their lives, and how their lives shaped ours. (Daily Life Through History and Daily Life America databases are now combined.
Multiproduct Home Page
Pop Culture Universe
Daily Life Through History
The African American Experience
The Latino American Experience
The American Indian Experience
The American Mosaic:
The African American Experience (In-Library Use)  (Remote Access)
The Latino American Experience (In-Library Use)  (Remote Access)
The American Indian Experience (In-Library Use)  (Remote Access)
Wide-ranging and easy to use, the American Mosaic is the first-ever full-text database to focus on the history and culture of African and Latino Americans. The Mosaic combines the robust, award-winning African American Experience and the groundbreaking Latino American Experience with content that spans the centuries, from the earliest origins of Africans and Latinos in North America to the triumphs and challenges of today.

Biography in Context
Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. Just like all the new revolutionary In Context products is a curriculum-aligned resource that offers media-rich content in context that's updated daily to meet the needs of today’s user.
Gale U.S. History in Context
U.S. History in Context delivers comprehensive, contextual, media-rich search results from the most extensive online collection of historical information available today.
Gale World History in Context
History - World History in Context offers students and researchers unparalleled access to a broad collection of scholarly analysis and award-winning full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents. World History in Context moves chronologically over 5,000 years from antiquity to the present and geographically around the globe, to ensure that the events, movements and individuals that defined, informed and shaped world history are covered with a sense of balance.
InfoTrac en Español(InfoTrac en Español)
Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.
InfoTrac Student Student Edition InfoTrac
This database is designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

InfoTrac Junior Edition
This periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

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