This fall we are opening our doors to the National History Day community. On October 6th and October 20th, Georgia State University Library is participating in NHD Georgia’s Research Roundup events. National History Day is an academic program and competition which challenges middle and high school students to critically exam history. This year’s theme is “Triumph & Tragedy in History.” GSU’s Research Roundups are opportunities for budding historians to develop research skills and access the resources of a major research university library.
Last October, Georgia State welcomed nearly 100 social studies students and teachers from the DeKalb Early College Academy to our downtown library and archives. DECA students participated in workshops with librarians and archivists. Students were also given the opportunity to use GSU’s vast online resources on their own.
This year, the library is broadening our reach and offering Research Roundup events at several campuses. On October 6th, NHD students are welcome to visit our Dunwoody or Clarkston campus libraries. Students can attend an orientation session where librarians will introduce library resources & discuss research strategies. Students will then be able to use our collections, including extensive primary and secondary sources. GSU librarians will be available to assist with research. Space is limited to 35 students per campus. For more details & to register for Roundups at Dunwoody or Clarkston see our registration form.
In addition, a limited number of NHD students can spend an afternoon at our Atlanta campus archives where they can explore the university’s unique collections. Students will participate in a 90 minute workshop as an introduction to archival research. After a break, the remaining time will be spent researching in the archives with assistance from GSU archivists. Space is limited to 12 students. This is an opportunity to do a truly unique NHD project. For more details & to register for the Atlanta campus event see our registration form.
More information for students and teachers can be found on our National History Day Research Guide, including descriptions of GSU subscription resources available during the Roundups.
We look forward to working with NHD students!
Scott Pieper is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the Decatur Campus of GSU Library. Scott’s research interests include pipeline to college programming and motivational theories applied to library learners.