NHD 2020

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.

Log into your account using your Livonia gmail account.

Noodle Tools

Create a new project to collect the citations from sources you consult for this project. If you are working with a GROUP, only ONE person will create the new project then +ADD Students under "Student Collaborators." Also click "Share with a project inbox" and type in GLOBAL 9, then choose your teacher / block.

Search our library catalog for books on your topic. If nothing is available search the other libraries linked below.

Livonia MS / HS Online Catalog (Follett Destiny)

Search for books in our library. Then use the call number to find where the book is shelved, find it, and check it out.

Other Libraries / Online Catalogs

To find items in any of the three catalogs linked below, search for your topic. Print the page, write your name on it, and check with Mrs. Donohue. Search Five Systems for books located in neighboring school libraries first. OWWL will search public libraries, or World Cat for college libraries.


History Reference Center

Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

Gale Databases

Gale resource portal.

Opposing Viewpoints

Facts and arguments on current events topics and social issues.

Science in Context

Provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.

ProQuest NY Direct/SLSA Package

Searches many ProQuest databases from one interface.

CQ Researcher Online

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


Gale Ebooks

Ebook portal for Gale resources.

NHD PARTNER RESOURCES + Primary Sources (Websites)
The sites below support NHD each year by curating resources from their collections and providing links to them by suggested topics. PRIMARY SOURCES

NHD Partner Resources

National History Day works with multiple organizations to curate resources for students participating in the contest. Below are links to resources created by some of our partners specifically for the Breaking Barriers in History theme.

Docs Teach

View primary sources curated for the breaking barriers theme from the National Archives.

NewseumED: Resources for 2020 National History Day Projects

Create a free account to get access to Newseum Education's rich online and on-site content for student projects related to the NHD 2020 theme of "Breaking Barriers in History."

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Click on a theme to search the primary source collections from the Smithsonian for the NHD 2020 theme.

Chronicling America : Historic American Newspapers

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.

Ken Berns UNUM: Breaking Barriers

Explore pivotal moments of historical change with scenes curated by Ken Burns.

NEH Edsitement - Preparing for National History Day

Scroll down to "2020 Breaking Barriers" then use the topic links provided to find resources on your topic.

Digital Public Library of America - DPLA

Discover 35,429,700 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States. Check out Primary Source Sets and Online Exhibitions.

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Browse collections or search for primary sources available online from the Library of Congress.

The National Archives' Presidential Libraries

The National Archives’ Presidential Libraries and Museums bring together the records and artifacts of a President and his administration and present them to the public for study and discussion without regard to political considerations or affiliations.

National Park Service Oral History Interviews

Browse through the topics listed for possible interviews to support your research.

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.

New York Heritage Digital Collections

New York Heritage is a portal for learning more about the people, places and events that contributed to the making of New York State.

New York Historic Newspapers

This site provides free indexed access to selected historical newspapers from across New York State.

National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Primary Sources

Browse this NSDL collection of primary sources including papers for the development of Hydrogen Bomb, Cuban Missile Crisis, and much more.

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

U.S. Government Publishing Office

This site provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.


USA.gov only returns results from government web pages, most ending in .gov or .mil. Your initial search will return results from a variety of government websites. You can get more specific results by then selecting “Only USA.gov,” “Images,” or “Videos” at the top of the page on your computer.

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.

MLA Style Center - Citing congressional documents

Use the examples and explanations provided by the MLA Style Center to help you build citations for government documents.

Library of Congress: Citing Primary Sources in MLA

Use the examples given on this page to help you when citing a primary source from the Library of Congress.


Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Learn the difference between primary and secondary sources.

How to Save and Download Content from Chronicling America

This video provides tips on how to navigate and extract excerpts from the Chronicling America digital newspaper database.

NHD Breaking Barriers in History Webinar

Walk through researching a topic.

Project Handouts

NHD Noodletools _ Annotated Bib 2019-20 - Google Docs.pdf

This is a copy of the handout showing you how to set up the formatting of your Annotated Bibliography in Noodle Tools before printing it. After completing the formatting use the Print/Exort option to print.

NHD Source Analysis 2019 - Google Docs.pdf

Use this handout to keep track of notes from a source.

Website Evaluation Worksheet.pdf

Use this worksheet to evaluate websites before using them in your research. As a researcher it is your responsibility to evaluate sources for authority, currency, and reliability, and to differentiate between fact, opinion, and propaganda.

Livonia History Day Rubric - Google Docs.pdf

Midterm grading rubric for 2020 Global 9 History Day Project

MLA - In text_ parenthetical citation 2018 - Google Docs.pdf

Use directions provided here to create your MLA style in-text (parenthetical) citations.