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How to use this Guide

Use the tabs above to find books, articles, websites and other resources for your birthday assignment.

If you need additional help, be sure to check with one of the reference librarians at the Paul Meek Library.


In a popular assignment, History instructors ask you to write about "What happened on the day that you were born." What historical and cultural events happened on or around that date? What was the impact of these events? What conditions existed in the country or in the world on that date?

This guide will help you identify and find information about events that happened on your birthday and it will help you learn about conditions that existed in the times into which you were born.

Getting Started...

Step 1:  Discover

To begin your "Birthday" assignment, you'll need to identify one or more events that occurred on or around your birthday. Daily newspapers, news magazines and chronologies can help you find out what happened on a particular date or during a particular time period.

Step 2:  Explore

Once you've selected the event(s) you want to write about, you can use other research tools to find out even more information about these events and conditions.

To begin, press the "Step 1" tab at the top of this guide.