Today’s post comes from Elizabeth Dinschel, education specialist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and NHD webinar coordinator.
Do your students need help with research or polishing up their National History Day (NHD) project?
The National Archives and Records Administration, with National History Day, the White House Historical Association, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, held several online workshops to help students navigate National History Day.
The latest, “Ask an Archivist,” covered key components to wrapping up research and projects. Students will learn how to frame reference questions so that archivists and professional staff can assist them with research. The webinar also features important guidance for visiting a historic site, conducting oral history interviews, asking experts for advice, and refining a thesis statement.
“Using Primary and Secondary Sources,” geared towards NHD students and their teachers, leads off with a message from the Archivist of the United States. This important webinar can help your students understand the complexities of primary and secondary sources, which improves their annotated bibliographies. If a student is struggling with their bibliography, this webinar can walk them through the differences between primary and secondary sources.
All of the NHD workshops can be found at www.archives.gov/education/history-day/workshops.html or on YouTube.