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What Happened the Day You Were Born Research Guide - LSC-North Harris


Starting Point

  1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to answer:  events that happened on your birth. 
  2. Locate papers from the DAY AFTER your birthday if you want events that occurred ON your birthday.
  3. Interview your family.

Research Databases

Find articles from magazines and newspapers to learn what happened on the day you were born. Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.

Leaving the top three search fields blank (empty), enter your date in the Date range "On this date" box below the main search area. Then, further down the page, click on the down arrow of the search box labeled Article Type and select "front page." Your search will be limited to stories on the front page from that date.

Additional News Databases:

Reference Books

Find additional information in chronology reference books located on the third floor of the library.

  • Front Pages: 100 Years of the Los Angeles Times [REF D358 .F763 1981]
  • Page One: Major Events, 1920-1993, as presented in the New York Times [REF D411 .P25 1993]
  • American Decades [REF E169.12 .A419]
  • Day by Day: the Eighties [REF D848 .M45 1995]
  • Day by Day: the Seventies [REF D848 .L4 1988]
  • Day by Day: the Sixties [REF D840 .P27 1983]
  • Day by Day: the Fifties [REF D842.5 .M47 1979]


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Citation Help

  1. Keep track of all of the information and sources you used during your research.
  2. Ask your professor about the required citation style.
  3. Consult Citation Help Guide from LSC-North Harris Library to help you construct your citations.

Each citation should answer the questions:

  • Who wrote the material you are using?
  • What did the author(s) entitle the piece he/she/they wrote?
  • Where and when was it published (for a book, what city; for an article, which periodical)?
  • If it's an article or a chapter, what pages is your source on?

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