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The OE Library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on days when school is in session.

 

The OE online database resources are available 24/7, including eBooks.

Contact Dr. Franklin in person for a listing of databases and username/password combos. You can also request this information via e-mail.

 

National History Day: Basics

You will research a particular time/event/place/person in history, related to this year's contest theme (Rights and Responsibilities), and produce one of the following:

  • Paper (individual only)
  • Individual exhibit
  • Group exhibit
  • Individual performance
  • Group performance
  • Individual documentary
  • Group documentary
  • Individual web site
  • Group web site
 

Required Written Material

Each entry, regardless of type, must include the following written material:

  • A title page (Rule 13)
     - must include title of entry
     - must include your names
     - must include the contest division and category for your entry
       *see rule book for a visual example

  • A process paper (Rule 14)
     - 500 words or less
     - tells how you chose your topic
     - tells how you conducted your research
     - tells how you selected your presentation category and created your project
     - tells how your project relates to the NHD them

  • An annotated bibliography (Rule 15)
     - list only those sources that contributed to the development of your entry
     - list only sources that provided usable information or new perspectives
     - include sources for visual material and/or oral interviews
     - annotations explain how you used the source, and how it helped you to understand your topic
     - annotations for web sites should describe who sponsors the site
     - must include the separation of primary and secondary sources
     - your annotated bibliography may be written in either Turabian or MLA style
 

Keep in Mind:

This year's contest theme - Rights and Responsibilities - should address, through your individual or group project, specific questions that move beyond description of the event or development, and include:

  • How is my topic important?
  • How was my topic significant in history in relation to the National History Day theme?
  • How did my topic develop over time?
  • How did my topic influence history?
  • How did the events and atmosphere (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects) of my topic's time period influence my topic in history?
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