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National History Day

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

What Are Primary Resources?

Ask yourself: Whose eyes am I seeing this through?

"A primary source is a piece of information about a historical event or period in which the creator of the source was an actual participant in or a contemporary of a historical moment."

-- Entering the Contest. National History Day. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.

"Primary sources may include but are not limited to:

letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, maps, speeches, interviews, documents produced by government agencies, photographs, audio or video recordings, born-digital items (e.g. emails), research data, and objects or artifacts (such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons)."

-- Primary Sources on the Web: Finding, Evaluating, Using. ALA Reference and User Services Association, 2015. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.

Online Collections of Primary Source Material