Research Days

Do you want to find more primary sources? Are you curious about archives? Would you like help reading old papers? Research Days can help!

Research and Library Days are held throughout the state at Historical Societies, Museums, and Libraries. Depending on the session, they’ll cover topic selection, research process, and help you find specific sources. Many of the host sites are also good places to look for topics or inspiration early on in the process. Check out the table below for locations and dates, and go the host site website for more details!

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Enoch Pratt Library National History Day Thursday October 12th
4 p.m.
6 p.m.
5108 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD Join Enoch Pratt librarians to find out more about choosing a National History Day topic and where to begin your research.
We’ll talk about the theme, the different types of projects, finding resources for research in the Library’s collection, and how to put everything together to showcase your interest and understanding.
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Queen Anne’s County Library NHD Research Day Saturday October 14th
9a.m.-1p.m.
200 Library Circle, Stevensville, MD 21666 Come out to the Library for research on your Upper Shore Regional History Day project. Librarians and History Day staff will be available to assist with research, access our online databases, or browse materials. Click Here
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Talbot County Free Library NHD Research Day Saturday October 21st
9a.m.-1p.m.
100 West Dover Street, Easton, MD 21061 Come out to the Library to research your Upper Shore Regional History Day project. Librarians and History Day staff will be available to assist with research, tour the collections, and take a special tour of the MD Room. Click Here
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Queen Anne’s County Library NHD Research Day Saturday, November 4
9a.m.-1p.m.
121 South Commerce Street, Centerville, MD 21617 Come out to the Library for research on your Upper Shore Regional History Day project. Librarians and History Day staff will be available to assist with research, access our online databases, or browse materials. Click Here
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Research Revelry at Chesapeake College Sunday, November 12
1p.m.-5p.m.
Learning Resource Center, Chesapeake College, 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679 A History Day Research Revelry is a research open house hosted by a library which, with the help of the Upper Shore Regional History Day staff, sets up various stations throughout their space and invites students in grades 6-12 to come in and explore their topic for their National History Day projects. Click Here
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National History Day Student Research Appointment at the Maryland Center for History and Culture By Appointment 610 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Explore the library catalog of the Maryland Center for History and Culture to see what resources they offer. Found something related to your topic? Schedule an appointment with their staff to view Special Collections items in person. Research appointments are free for all students!

To learn more about researching for NHD at the Maryland Center for History and Culture visit their NHD page.

Register for a Research Appointment 
Enoch Pratt Libarary – One on One with a Librarian By appointment In Person or Virtual

We are ready to help you with your library research needs! Book a free 60 minute appointment, in-person, by phone, or on video chat to learn from a subject specialist librarian.

Please fill out the form, and a librarian will get back to you within two business days to confirm a date and time. Same day appointments are not available.

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  • “By using a variety of sources, I was able to get angles on my topic that I wasn’t able to before. Also, I learned so much about a topic near and dear to my heart that will enrich my learning later in life.”

    Maryland History Day 2015 Student
  • “My students became more competent researchers, and took ownership of their work. They had total free reign to choose their topic, direct their research, and create their final project.”

    ​Maryland History Day 2015 Teacher
  • “History Day inspired me to become deeply invested in historical topics which I never thought I’d enjoy. It is an amazing experience that has the ability to make learning fun for everyone, no matter what you’re interested in.”

    Addie Skillman, National History Day Gold Winner
  • “The excitement of the research was wonderful for my students’ academic progress. They now feel capable of doing any research paper that may be assigned in college!”

    Maryland History Day 2019 Teacher
  • I’ve loved judging! It’s exciting to see the passion the middle schoolers have put in their projects. I hope that my critiques have helped strive for excellence throughout their lives.

    Dee Krasnansky, Maryland History Day Judge
  • “MHD illustrated the applicability of the study of history to contemporary issues and current events. It was very motivating to converse with the students about their historical topic and observe how they applied it to current events and their own life circumstances.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
  • “Maryland History Day challenged my daughter to go deeper, deeper in research analysis and presentation. It took her to a whole new level academically.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
  • “[My son] became a real expert in his topic and, he says, developed a life-long love of history, especially the history of music. I cannot thank you enough for this rare and incredible opportunity.”

    Andrea LeWinter, parent of Maryland History Day participant
  • “The students are now far more prepared for the high level of scholarship and achievement that will be expected of them in future years. MHD also elevated many other skills too. These include public speaking, the use of technology, learning to collaborate.”

    ​Maryland History Day teacher
  • “The thing that had the most impact were the skills that I got from this project. I developed better hunting skills in terms of looking for reliable sources and I also learned to work hard and not procrastinate to achieve something great.”

    Maryland History Day student participant
  • “My students went deeper with primary and secondary sources than ever before. They used critical thinking skills and applied the transfer goals and essential questions on a deeper level than they could have in class. It challenged them to think deeper and defend their findings.”

    Maryland History Day 2019 Teacher
  • “History Day has taught men how to interpret and effective use primary sources in my writing to create and support claims. Now I am much more likely to explore databases, go to libraries, and explore further external sources for credible and effective sources.”

    Maryland History Day 2019 Student
  • “It provided an opportunity for my child to learn through experiential opportunities. He had interviews and tours that were relevant to his topic that helped the history come alive and create unforgettable memories.”

    Maryland History Day 2015 Parent
  • “The researching and communicating skills have made me a more confident person in all academic endeavors. These are skills that will last me a lifetime.”

    ​Maryland History Day student participant
  • “I think the continual process of improving her research and presentation through the various levels of competition has been incredibly valuable. It has caused her to dig deeper in her research and build upon and refine her work and presentation.”

    ​Maryland History Day parent
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