As of today, the State History Day Contest is eleven days way. That means that you have a little over a week to make your final changes, updates, and edits. If you've done a website or a paper, you can rest easy and prepare for your interviews and seminar as your final products were due on April 12th. As for everyone else, it is time to get in that last bit of work!
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.
Every project, with the exception of papers, needs to have a process paper. On the rubrics that the judges fill out to evaluate for your project, one of the boxes they can check off is if your project includes a process paper and annotated bibliography. Some students find the process paper to be one of the most challenging parts of their project because they aren't sure what it is or what to include. Lets clear that up.
Your process paper is a narrative that describes your process for creating your project. Every process paper must include:
Along with your process paper, all projects need to have an annotated bibliography-- even papers! Just like with the process papers, this portion of your project shows up on the rubrics. Judges can check yes or no if you included your annotated bibliography so you want to make sure to include it on contest day. You may be wondering what your annotated bibliography is supposed to look like or what it is supposed to include. We'll cover the basics below. Make sure to check the National History Day website for an in depth how-to guide on annotated bibliographies.
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:
A strong annotation includes:
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!
Useful Tools and Resources
Sample Category Rubrics- Want to see how the judges will evaluate your History Day project? Find your category and National History Day provides a PDF file of what the judges will be looking for.
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.