A few weeks ago, we here at the state office shared some tips to help prepare for the State Contest. First, we shared some editing tips. We then helped out our participants doing papers and websites by answering a few questions. Today we are going to talk about, you guessed it, Process Papers and Annotated Bibliographies.
Your process paper is a narrative that describes your process for creating your project. Every process paper must include:
- A Title Page with the title of your project, your name(s), division and category, and your word count.
- How you chose your topic- Have you always loved studying the Connecticut Witch Trials? Were you inspired by Hamilton or The Greatest Showman? What inspired you to pick the topic you did.
- How you conducted your research- Did you go to the UConn Archives? Did you interview someone who was a part of the movement you are presenting on? Did your librarian help you pull books and resources? Where did you get your research?
- How you selected your presentation category and created your project- Are you a member of your school's drama club? Do you love art? Are you interested in writing academic papers? What drew you to do a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website? What do you like about working alone or in a group?
- How your project relates to the NHD theme- Explain how you think your topic relates to the theme of Conflict and Compromise. Does your topic only relate to conflict? Compromise? How does it fit in?
What is an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is a document that gives judges, in the case of History Day, evidence of all of the hard work and research that went into your entry. The annotated bibliography shows what sources you used for your project and provides annotations on how you used your sources and why they were useful.
How should my annotated bibliography be formatted?
Your history day annotated bibliography should:
- Be titled as "Annotated Bibliography". A bibliography or works cited page is different from this document.
- Divided into Primary Sources and Secondary Sources.
- MLA or Chicago Style citations
A strong annotation includes:
- Identification of what the source is (journal article, book, website, newspaper article, etc.)
- How you used the source
- How the source help you better understand your topic
In the days before the State History Day contest, make sure that your annotated bibliography follows these tips and check the NHD website for more help!
We hope that these tips for your Process Papers and Annotated Bibliographies helped prepare you for States! See you all on April 28th!
Process Paper in NHD's Own Words- Rule 15 in the Contest Rule Book gives participants the exact rule for what to include in their entry's process paper.
How to Write an Annotated Bibliography for NHD- National History Day gives tips and tricks to participants on how to craft an annotated bibliography for your project.