NHD 2019

Use this guide to assist you in the research process for your National History Day project. Remember to save citations from any resources you will be using for your research.


Narrowing Your Research Topic & Search for Sources Gale Databases

Watch the instructional video, then take the quiz before starting your topic search.


Student Resources

Full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Gale Databases

Gale resource portal.

Opposing Viewpoints

Facts and arguments on current events topics and social issues.

History Reference Center

Contains full text for hundreds of encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources including primary source documents.

ProQuest NY Direct/SLSA Package

Searches many ProQuest databases from one interface. *Citations are given in APA format. To convert to MLA: choose MLA 8th and click CHANGE or it will stay in APA format.

CQ Researcher Online

Award winning in-depth coverage of topical issues written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked.


Salem History

Ebooks from Salem Press containing primary source documents and document analysis.

Gale Ebooks

Ebook portal for Gale resources.

The web resources linked below have been vetted for you. As a researcher it is your job to evaluate any other websites you find for your research using our CRAPP Test Worksheet.

NHD Student Resource List

NHD provides a listing of many websites that may be useful for your research divided by topic. Be sure to check out the Primary Source listings divided by US and World History topics.

Resources for 2019 National History Day Projects

To access these resources sign up for a NewseumED account: registration is free and student data is not collected. Also, students are free to use images of any sources from the Newseum Collection in their National History Day projects as long as they visibly credit “Newseum Collection."

“Triumph & Tragedy” Digital Resources for National History Day

Smithsonian Learning Lab collection looking at Tragedy and Triumph in Anerican Immigrant Experiences, World War I, and American Industry.

Triumph and Tragedy: American Immigrant Experiences

EDSITEment and Smithsonian education collaborate each year to create a collection of special digital resources keyed to the annual NHD theme. This year focusing on various aspects of the American immigrant experiences.

National Archives: DocsTeach Triumph and Tragedy in History

A list of primary sources from the National Archives based on the NHD suggested topic lists.

Civil Rights Digital Library

The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Civil Rights movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale.

Library of Congress: Primary Source Sets

Includes a link to Primary Source Sets by States

Library of Congress: Chronicling America

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Digital Public Library of America

Includes selected National History Topics from the 2019 Theme Book and corresponding sample search results, Primary Source Sets, and Exhibitions available via DPLA.

National Park Service: NHD Teaching with Historic Places

Provides articles NPS contributed to the National History Day themebooks along with teaching resources. Use the search bar on the top of the page to search the NPS site.

NBC Learn

Free NBC News video clips.

The product listed below will be available from 11-13-2018 until 12-7-2018.

Gale NHD Ebook Collections

Use the link provided to access the Middle and High school collection created for the 2019 National History Day theme – Triumph and Tragedy.

U. S. Government Documents
Search using the links below to find government documents.

US Government Publishing Office

Federal Digital System

Government Documents - National Archives

Links to government publications in the National Archives, gateways and guides to federal information, finding aids and indexes to government documents, federal directories, and other government publications.

Help with citing government documents

Use the library guides linked here to help you decipher the parts of a government document.