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Getting Started

  • 2014 Wisconsin Student Handbook (1.16 MB, PDF)
    This downloadable booklet will guide you through the process of completing an NHD project, from selecting a good topic to presenting information effectively in each category.

Topics and Research

Creating Your Project

  • Contest Rulebook (PDF)
    It's extremely important that you understand the general NHD rules and the specific rules for your category before you create your entry. This rulebook was updated for 2010-2011. Be sure to download the most recent version!
  • Category Guides
  • Process Papers
    What is a process paper? Get the answer and look at sample papers.
  • Annotated Bibliographies
    Wondering whether a source is primary or secondary or what you should write in your annotation? Check out the NHD guide to annotated bibliographies.
  • Citation Styles
    The University of Wisconsin - Madison Writing Center is a great resource for citation guides. NHD students should follow either MLA or Turabian style guidelines.
  • Sample Projects
    Sample projects to examine in most of the History Day categories. Select the category and find links to sample projects on the right side of the page.

Who to Contact for Help
Teachers, archivists, librarians, and others are available to guide you through the research process, but if you come across a tough question about interpreting rules, overcoming a research obstacle, or constructing an entry, the Wisconsin History Day crew can probably answer it. We're here to help, so fire away!

    Still stumped? Ask the experts! Please feel free to drop us an email with your research dilemmas, contest questions, or other history mysteries.
  • NHD Contest FAQ
    The national NHD site includes a list of participants' frequently asked questions.

Other Resources

  • National History Day and Archives Toolkit : Produced by the Society of American Archivists, "this wiki provides information on using archives for National History Day. Archives have collected a wealth of resources that document and reveal our shared historyŚresources that enrich and may even provide the inspiration for winning National History Day projects!"
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