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Tips for succeeding in National History Day

By LillieTang, P sherman, NE

Tips for succeeding in National History Day
• Be sure to pick a topic that interests you so the research will not feel like a chore
• Finding a variety of sources will be extremely beneficial (ex: books, websites, newspaper articles, and interviews; do not use only e-sources).
• Always annotate sources along the way. Do not save annotations for later!
• When annotating sources, be sure to include critical analysis.
• Whatever project type you choose, whether it's an exhibit, paper, documentary, performance, or website, always begin to finalize your work in advance. I suggest at least a month for the project itself; the actual research takes multiple months. Do not procrastinate!
• Although it is difficult to accumulate primary sources for certain topics, it is very important to have at least a couple.

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