October 5, 2022

NHD 2023: Topic Selection, Research, Sources & More

Students, we have compiled a big list of resources to help you dig deep into National History Day (NHD) projects. Understanding NHD Projects Read the Contest Rule Book carefully. English | Spanish Watch the NHD Contest Rules video. Explore the categories. Click the orange buttons to learn more about each category. Documentary rules video project checklist evaluation form Ask an NEH Expert videos 2017 | 2018 Exhibit rules video project … [Read more...]

NHD 2023 – Frontiers in History: Ideas Resource Sets

The 2023 National History Day theme is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas. A frontier may represent the outermost limits of a defined body of knowledge or a new field waiting to explored. While considering topics for history fair projects, keep the following questions from the NHD 2023 themebook in mind. What factors contributed to the development of a frontier? Why did the frontier emerge? How did the frontier change? When did it cease to be a frontier? What impact … [Read more...]

NHD 2023 – Frontiers in History: Places Resource Sets

The 2023 National History Day theme is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas. A frontier may be a geographical  area like a new region beyond some established border. While considering topics for history fair projects, keep the following questions from the NHD 2023 themebook in mind. What factors contributed to the development of a frontier? Why did the frontier emerge? How did the frontier change? When did it cease to be a frontier? What impact did the frontier have on … [Read more...]

NHD 2023 – Frontiers in History: People Resource Sets

The 2023 National History Day theme is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas. People from all walks of live have pushed frontier boundaries by thinking outside the box and taking action. While considering topics for history fair projects, keep the following questions from the NHD 2023 themebook in mind. What factors contributed to the development of a frontier? Why did the frontier emerge? How did the frontier change? When did it cease to be a frontier? What impact did the … [Read more...]

NHD 2023: Teaching Resources & Strategies

Educators, check out these resources and strategies to help you as you guide students through the development of their National History Day (NHD) projects. Overview Explore NHD's origins. Discover the benefits of implementing NHD. Learn about Teacher of the Year Awards. Find your state affiliate. Sign up for the NHD newsletter. Understanding NHD Projects Read the Contest Rule Book English | Spanish Watch the NHD Contest Rules video. Explore the categories. Click … [Read more...]

NHD 2022: Topic Selection, Research, Sources & More

We have compiled a big list of resources to help you dig deep into National History Day projects. Understanding NHD Projects Be sure to read the NHD 2022 rule book carefully! You should also check out this YouTube rules video playlist to review general rules for all NHD project categories, as well as category-specific rules. Explore the categories. Click the orange buttons to learn more about each category. Documentary project checklist evaluation form Ask an NEH … [Read more...]

Using Sources: Creating a Digital Annotated Bibliography

Cornell University Library describes an annotated bibliography as "a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation."Lisa Oppenheim from the Chicago Metro History Education Center notes that annotations for National History Day (NHD) and Chicago Metro History Fair should be around 50 words and not much longer than 75 words. Annotated bibliographies serve one or more of the … [Read more...]

Selecting Primary Sources for Research Projects

When completing a research project you will want to include primary sources. Using primary sources is particularly important when creating a history project and required for National History Day (NHD) projects. To get a better understanding of different types of sources, review the post Selecting Primary Sources: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary? Think of primary sources as raw, unfiltered material that you will analyze and use as evidence to support your claims. Primary sources are original … [Read more...]

Tech Tools: Citation Tools

There are many digital citation tools available to help students properly cite the sources used in research projects. Below is a brief overview of five free resources. EasyBib Pros: numerous source types; auto search and annotation options; free Android and iOS apps and a Google Docs Add-on Cons: multiple advertisements; does not offer Turabian style Styles: MLA, APA, Chicago, Chicago Author-Date, AMA, ASA, ACS, CSE, Harvard 1 Source types: nearly 60 options, 22 of which can be … [Read more...]

Selecting Sources: Tertiary, Secondary, Primary

When conducting research, you will likely use three types of sources: primary, secondary, and tertiary. While exact definitions may vary by discipline or institution, we hope this post will help you sort out the main distinctions between these types of sources and when to use each in the research process for National History Day (NHD) and other research projects. When creating NHD or other research projects, you will use secondary and primary sources and, possibly, tertiary sources but your … [Read more...]