You have just completed your project. Now you can set it aside and forget about it until the day of your first competition. Not quite yet. There is still that process paper to write and the annotated bibliography to tackle, but “where did I find that piece of information and what stage of the process did I do thus and so?” No need to panic if you remember to keep a record from the moment you begin the project– document every step of the way, from the research phase to the project wrap up.
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When the judges evaluate your project, 60% of your score is Historical Quality, and within that, how well you place your topic in historical contest is an important element. For the historian, context refers to a particular time and place in which an event occurs. An event never occurs in a vacuum, but is influenced by other factors of culture, society, and history. Also, things may change after, or flow out of an event. To contextualize means to explain the factors that lead to and flow out of an event. (more…)
Why do they call it “research” and not just “search” or “looking something up?”
That’s because the research process is just that–a process–not something that can be accomplished in one sitting, or at the last minute.
Research means that you have to try diverse types of sources, such as journals, magazines, photographs, websites, databases, newspapers, and books. You also have to approach a topic from many angles, trying to get all sides of the story. Research implies that you have to dig deeper than just the surface level of information. You have to take more than one look!
Beginning Your History Day Research: Getting the Topic Right
Now that you’ve selected a great History Day topic, it’s time to begin your research!
Look at broad secondary sources that summarize the historical period and help you understand why your topic is important. (Hint: You’ll probably have to broaden or narrow your topic to fit your research findings. Don’t worry: some of the best projects expand and contract and shift several times before you compete.) (more…)
Hello History Day Fans! Maryland History Day 2008 was a great success! Over 16,000 Maryland students showcased projects! Topics were very wide ranging–women’s rights, the Cuban missile crisis, apartheid, the Armenian genocide, religious tolerance, Navajo code talkers, animal rights, nuclear disarmament, and more. Students and teachers, give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done!
But now it’s time to think about History Day 2009! Let’s get started!