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A resource for teachers and students to use for National History Day research
Last Updated: Dec 5, 2014 URL: http://coloradocollege.libguides.com/historyday Print Guide RSS Updates

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Inquiry Model

Barbara Stripling's "Inquiry Model" has been adopted by the "Teaching with Primary Sources" program.

Barbara Stripling is the 2013-2014 president of American Library Association (ALA) and Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University.


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Catalog Search Tips

When searching TIGER, Prospector, and WorldCat, try to

1. Use broad keywords from your class reading to begin your search.

2. Refine your searches by adding or removing keywords.

3. Click on the subject headings of interesting books to find similar materials.

4. Try the Library of Congress Authorities and Vocabularies thesaurus to find variations of keywords and subject headings.


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    National History Day Information

    What is National History Day?

    National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students.

    Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.

    In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:

    • critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • research and reading skills
    • oral and written communication and presentation skills
    • self esteem and confidence
    • a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process

    More than 5 million students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they learned through NHD.

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