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National History Day

Research tips and resources recommended for young scholars participating in National History Day.

NHD Links

NHD Judging Criteria

Historical Quality (60%)

  • Historical accuracy
  • Historical context
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Use of available primary sources
  • Wide research
  • Balanced research

Relation to Theme (20%)

  • Clearly relates to theme
  • Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions
  • "Your project should be able to answer the all-important question of 'So what?' Why was your topic important, and why should we study or understand its effects today?" (Source: NHD 2016 Theme Sheet)

Clarity of Presentation (20%)

  • Presentation, written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized and articulate
  • Entry is organized; visual impact is appropriate to topic

Also see the category-specific instructions and judging criteria