NHD Students

National History Day Resources and Research Guidance

National History Day (NHD) is great opportunity for you to try out your research skills and become a historian! When completing your research, it's important to include primary sources, which you can find here on Unbound. Always remember that you can likely view any primary source you find on this site in person, just by visiting the archives. Only a small percentage of archival materials are digitized, so visiting the archives is the best way to find all the sources available on your topic.

Unbound provides you with guidance to help you pick a topic, understand primary and secondary sources, find sources, and cite them correctly. Page through these guides in the tiles above.

NHD at the La Crosse Public Library

The La Crosse Public Library hosts over 500 middle school students for tours and research visits every year. Librarians and other staff also act as judges at local, regional, state, and national competitions.

Washburn Awards

Every May LPL hosts its own NHD contest, called the Washburn Awards, offering cash prizes for projects that demonstrate exceptional primary source research.

Tours and Research Visits

To find information about bringing a class for a tour or research visit, please contact Teen Librarian Linda Jerome at Be sure to contact LPL at least a week before you would like to bring your class.

Finding Primary Sources

The LPL Reference staff have created a guide of key resources to help students locate primary sources. This includes local, regional, national, and global primary sources.


Librarians provide one-on-one coaching for any student looking to improve their project before moving on to state or nationals. Make an appointment by calling the Reference Desk at (608) 789-7122.