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Resources and Samples

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CommunicationInHistory.jpgGetting Started

First, find out if your school has an NHD program. Actual participation varies from school to school. Some students participate through after school clubs and scouting programs, others participate as part of their history curriculum and still others participate on their own (with the help of a coach). If your school does not have a program, you need to find a teacher or trusted adult who is willing to act as a coach for the NHD project year. The coaches help their students with time management and serve as mentors as students conduct research and create their projects.​​​​​​​​​

Before you get started, take a look at the following resources and sample projects to guide your research and prepare your own entry. You'll find theme information, examples of annotated
bibliographies and process papers, sample score sheets and more.

Category Infographics

  • For the Film Fanatic Student:
  • For the Artistic Student:
  • For the Dramatic Student:
  • For Elementary Division Students (grades 4-5):


Resources and Samples

Here are some resources that will come in handy as you begin working on your NHD project:


To see samples of winning projects in each entry category, go to NHD Student Project Examples.


NHD-OC History Day "How-To"

National History Day-Orange County Students

History Day "How-To" will introduce students, parents, and teachers to NHD research processes and project development. Sessions will include: Doing Online Research, Elements of a Successful Project, and Project Category Sessions. During this learning opportu​nity, participants learn a "how-to" approach to their NHD project.

Live Virtual Webinar | You will receive a meeting link upon registration

Date | October 3, 2020 Time | 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Registration |

Cost | FREE for Orange County Students.



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