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History Day Research Notes for Minnesota

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  1. Class: History Day Research for Minnesota Students and Teachers
  2. This template is published for use.
  1. Step 1: Directions for Using History Day Research Notes for Minnesota
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    Instructions:

    Students, welcome to the Research Project Calculator!

    The Research Project Calculator (RPC) offers you a simple yet comprehensive model for navigating the research process. The skills involved in this process will prepare you to conduct academic research.

    Complete the steps using the tips and resources mentioned below.  To record your work and make notes for each of the steps be sure to first create an account (under login in the top right corner of the screen) and then click on "save your own copy of this assignment."  When you are ready to record your notes, click "edit assignment" and the "My Notes" column will appear to the right.  Save your changes often as you don't want to lose any of your work!  When you are done saving your changes, you'll need to click on "Done editing."

    Throughout this research model you will be introduced to research sources that are vital for researching History Day.  These research sources are the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).  No matter what the theme be sure to start with ELM.

    History Day is a library research project! Please take some time to familiarize yourself with ELM.  There is also a special page on the ELM website just for History Day.

    Be sure to ask your teacher and school librarian for help along the way.

    For authoritative information on this year's theme and additional History Day information see the National History Day website and the Minnesota Historical Society's National History Day in Minnesota website.

    Good luck!

  2. Step 2: Developing a Topic and Search Terms
    Percent time spent on this step: 20%

    Instructions:

    Your Topic:

    Tip: Is your topic narrow enough? To help you narrow your topic, think about people, events, and accomplishments related to your topic.  Choose one of those.  If you need help in choosing and narrowing your topic, try searching and browsing in Encyclopedia Britannica and/or Minnesota Reflections (for local MN history topics).  You can find those databases here: http://www.elm4you.org/databases/content/historyday

    Your Research Questions:

    Tip: Map your topic using Section 3 of the Navigating History Day Research site. Making a topic map can help you identify sub-topics. Ask yourself what you need to know about those sub-topics. Those questions are your research questions.

    Your Key Concepts:

    Tip: Look at your research questions and identify the key concepts within them. These will become your keywords for searching.

    Keywords:

    Synonyms:

    Tip: Use a site like Thesaurus.com to find synonyms to your keywords.

  3. Step 3: Background & Context
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    Instructions:

    Consider the following questions to discover more information about your topic:

    Who/What was involved in your topic?

    When did your topic happen?

    Where did it happen?

    Why did it happen?

    Tip: Use your keywords and synonyms to search Encyclopedia Britannica and Student Resources in Context for background and context. Find those sources at http://www.elm4you.org/databases/content/historyday

  4. Step 4: Gathering Sources
    Percent time spent on this step: 20%

    Instructions:

    Find one of each of the following resources to explore your topic further:

    Newspaper Article

    Title:

    Author(s):

    Newspaper:

    Date: 

    Tip: Look for newspaper articles in Student Research Center or Historical Minneapolis Tribune, found at http://www.elm4you.org/databases/content/historyday 

    Magazine Article

    Title:

    Author(s):

    Magazine:

    Date:

    Tip: Look for magazine articles in Student Resources in Context, found at http://www.elm4you.org/databases/content/historyday 

    Scholarly Article

    Title:

    Author(s):

    Journal:

    Date: 

    Tip: Look for scholarly articles in Academic Search Premier, found at http://www.elm4you.org/databases/content/historyday 

    Primary Source

    Title:

    Author(s):

    Publisher:

    Date:

    Location:

    Tip: Look for primary sources in Student Resources in ContextStudent Research Center, or Minnesota Reflections found at http://www.elm4you.org/databases/content/historyday  

    Book

    Title:

    Author(s):

    Publisher:

    Date:

    Location:

    Tip: Look for books in your library or in the MnLINK Gateway at http://mnlinkgateway.org 

    Community Resource

    Tip: If you’re researching a topic with ties to your community, find a local historical society at http://www.mnhs.org/localhistory/mho/chsclo.html

  5. Step 5: Bibliography
    Percent time spent on this step: 20%

    Instructions:

    Remember to cite all of your work and create a bibliography!

    Create your bibliography by exploring some of the helpful tools in Section 6 of the Navigating History Day Research site. 



    Tip: If you’re using any of the sources at http://www.elm4you.org/databases/content/historyday, remember that most will create an automatic citation for anything included within them.

  6. Step 6: Presenting Your Research
    Percent time spent on this step: 20%

    Instructions:

    Presenting your research is the final step in the History Day research process!  


    It can be rewarding to put all of your work together and see the end result of all your hard work.

    Be sure you have consulted with your teacher on your chosen format for presentation.
    Formats for presentation include:
    • Documentary
    • Exhibit
    • Paper
    • Performance
    • Web Site

    For more information on each of these formats and how to get started, check the National History Day website, specifically the page on Creating an Entry and the Minnesota Historical Society's National History Day in Minnesota website. 

    Good luck and have fun!
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