National History Day Resources
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This year's National History Day theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. Watch this video for an explanation of the theme. To learn more about the theme, visit the National History Day project overview, and browse for possible topics using the National History Day Partner Resources.

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Reliable Resources

Reference Resources

Gather background information on general, broad topics

Reputable Web Sites

With a clearly defined focus, search these web sites to add depth to your research

Online Databases

Once you narrow your topic of interest, find more specific info in articles from magazines, newspapers, books, government docs, etc. 

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Español

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Español

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日本

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Once you log in, click the link that says, "Keep Using Shared Account"

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Britannica Original Source contains  primary source documents IN HISTORY, LITERATURE, SCIENCE, LAW, POLITICS, RELIGION, AND MORE

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Smart Searching

Watch the video below for information on how to use keywords to search smarter.  Use keyword combinations to search the resources listed in the 3 columns above.

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Find Images for Your Project
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Britannica Image Quest 

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(Pictures can count as primary source documents!)

Photos for Class

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Pixabay

(Scroll down to see the free images.)

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Research Strategy

In addition to the National History Day Partner Resources, MVMS is providing additional resources above. You will need to cite both PRIMARY and SECONDARY sources in your project

  • Primary Sources - Raw and unedited sources that give a firsthand account of a specific event from the time period when it occurred. CLOSEST TO THE ORIGIN OF INFORMATION. (Examples: diary entries, correspondences, photographs, memoirs, historical newspapers, speeches, cartoons, videos, artifacts, etc.)

  • Secondary Sources - These give an overview of the topic. Often analyzing, interpreting, or summarizing. RELATE TO INFORMATION THAT ORIGINATED ELSEWHERE. (Examples: reference/encyclopedia articles, textbooks, magazine articles, etc.)

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Primary sources: US History

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Primary Sources: Mexico, Central, South America

 
Create Your Annotated Bibliography

For every source -- article, web site, primary document from which you take and use information for your project, you need to create a citation.  You will gather all of your citations into a bibliography to include with your project submission.  

Use NoodleTools to create and save your citations.  You will also use it to put your saved citations into bibliography format.  NHD requires an ANNOTATED bibliography.  See below for more information.

Sign in by clicking the image below,

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Click the icon: 

Then sign in with your MCPS Gmail

Video:  Create a Citation in NoodleTools
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