Every year, National History Day frames students' research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year's theme is Communication in History.
Every summer, Denver Public librarians take the annual theme and create research guides on relevant topics to give students a jump start on research.
Each guide we create contains research tips and tricks, links to books and manuscripts in the library collection, articles from our library databases (accessible with a library card), and credible internet resources. We know you need primary sources for your project, so we have made special note of those in the research guides. If you need a place to start your research, these guides fit the bill!
Take a look at the resources we have gathered on the Enigma Cipher in World War II, the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, and the Rise of Zine Making and Alternative Media in America. Equity is central to the strategic mission of the library and we actively work to promote the history and amazing stories of historically margnialized people. Be sure to check out Sequoyah and the Cherokee Alphabet, the Oral Traditions of Austalian Aboriginal People, and Navajo Code Talkers: Key to U.S. Victory in the Pacific in World War II. Looking to study a controversial topic? Try Bilingual Education vs. "English Only" Movements and The Federal Communications Commission and the Regulation of Communication.
A complete list of 2021 guides can be found on our teen site. Further, we have been creating guides for over five years. We leave older guides on our website because while the NHD themes change, most of our guides have application from year to year. Use the search tool if you are looking for other topics.
Do you need more help than just the online resources? You may chat with our librarians 24 hours a day. Log in to our Ask Us! chat service and tell us about your National History Day topic. Let us know what sorts of sources you have found already and what you are still looking for. Our librarians are research experts and they can help you find the best sources for your topic.
We love working with NHD students and we are wishing everyone great success researching Communication in History: The Key to Understanding!