History Day projects are a wonderful introduction to the research process, but many students struggle with how to conduct research. We see a lot of questions in AskMN.org from students not sure how or where to begin with research. They start searching using their topics as search terms, which is a good way to bring back broad results, but find it difficult to create search strategies beyond that initial search.
We have created a new set of guides and tutorials about the research process to address creating search strategies, identifying primary and secondary sources, and where to find freely accessible library resources. While these resources were designed for History Day projects, they can be useful for any student research-based project.
The guides and tutorials are available on the eLibrary Minnesota portal via the Middle and High School tabs on the Student Research section, and can also be accessed directly on their dedicated History Day Research Process page.
Check it out and share with your students!