If you’re new to National History Day, you may have lots of questions. The following videos have answers about digging up information in archives; using primary sources, such as newspapers; and presenting your work in different formats (as an exhibit, website, documentary, paper or performance). If you’re interested in competing, you’ll also learn about this year’s theme and rules.
Insider Tips is a webinar series brought to you by National History Day in Iowa. The series covers the whole process, from the beginning (choosing a topic) to the end (preparing to compete at district, state and national contests).
|How to Research and Begin the Annotated Bibliography - featuring Annals of Iowa Editor, Andrew Klumpp|
|Crafting a Historical Argument and Thesis Statement - featuring Annals of Iowa Editor, Andrew Klumpp|
|Creating a National History Day Project - featuring Annals of Iowa Editor, Andrew Klumpp|
|How to Write a History Day Thesis|
|How to Cite Sources and Create an Annotated Bibliography||Download|
|Ask the Mentor: Stand Out in Your Category||Download|
|Documentary Category Intro Video|
|Exhibit Category Intro Video|
|Paper Category Intro Video|
|Performance Category Intro Video|
|Website Category Intro Video|
|Why National History Day? - featuring veteran teachers|
|Building the Project & Preparing for Districts - featuring veteran teachers|
Ask a Librarian
Are you researching from home? Have you found something at the State Historical of Iowa Research Center’s website and need something scanned? Do you have a question about a source? Feel free to submit a reference request and ask a librarian for help.
Get help with research questions, project construction and feedback on your project and/or required written materials. Submit the mentorship request online and we will pair you with a National History Day in Iowa mentor.
Attend a one-day, hands-on workshop to improve your National History Day skills. Jump-start your project by learning about the year's theme, start your research and more. History Day 101 workshops are held in late summer each year.