Use the general reference articles in the databases and websites listed below to explore three topics of interest. Fill out each of the handout pages provided to help you in your topic selection.
What should you be considering when choosing a research topic?
Full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted website
Get quick facts and in-depth information on a wide variety of subjects. Start research projects with multiple resources in one place. Find multimedia to use in projects and presentations.
While you will not be able to use this site as a source for research, Wikipedia is a good place to some general background information to help you decide about a topic.
You can explore the linked NHD 2020 suggested topics to view primary sources from the National Archives.
Look at the list of examples compiled from the Newseum resources to help you brainstorm ideas for your National History Day project.
Look through the Breaking Barriers topic suggestions from the Smithsonian Learning Lab.
Scroll down to "2020 Breaking Barriers" to explore the topic ideas.
Explore these clips for inspiration as you chose a topic to research.
Skim the 2020 NHD Themebook to get topic suggestions.
Watch this video to help you learn how to do historical research.