Each year, more than half a million students participate in the National History Day Contest. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. Students will look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. They present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website.
Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history. The 2019-2020 theme is Breaking Barriers in History.
When the theme is announced, the librarians at Denver Public Library jump into action. Our team of expert researchers create online research guides that students can use to begin delving into their topic. We pull together books, newspaper, magazine, and scholarly articles, and credible internet resources with an emphasis on finding the best primary resources to help students. Take a look at the guides we have created for the 2020 contest.
We maintain guide from past years, so even if you do not see your topic listed in the 2020 topics, we may have considered it in the past. Search all our guides to see if your topic is represented.
We offer students one-on-one research help as well. Did you know you can chat with a librarian 24 hours a day and ask us to help you find great primary sources for your project? Log in to our chat service and tell us about your research topic. One of our librarians will be glad to help you find great resources.
Let the library help you find winning resources to help you break through your research barriers!