Evaluation Forms

The new evaluation forms put more emphasis on Historical Quality, and should make it easier for judges to accurately score each student project.

Documentary Evaluation Form (pdf) »

Exhibit Evaluation Form (pdf) »

Paper Evaluation Form (pdf) »

Performance Evaluation Form (pdf) »

Website Evaluation Form (pdf) »

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Adult Help

Parents and teachers play an important role in helping students complete the process of researching and developing entries. Following are answers to some questions about adult involvement in the History Day process. Rule of thumb: Adults can do things with History Day students, but not for them. Examples:

  • * It is permissible for adults to help students locate materials and other resources, but they may not take notes, conduct interviews, or reproduce images.
  • * Students may have film professionally developed and use copy services at libraries and archives.
  • * Students MUST operate all the equipment related to the production and presentation of a documentary entry. This includes cameras, video recorders, sound recording equipment, and editing equipment.
  • * Students are responsible for reviewing sources and for deciding on their usefulness for their entries.
  • * Students may/should have assistance with potentially dangerous equipment such as power tools. However students are responsible for the ultimate design, construction, and presentation of their entries.
  • * Students are responsible for setting up their own exhibits and props, and for running their own equipment at all levels of History Day.

Process Paper

The process paper should not be over 500 words and should include four paragraphs addressing topic choice, research conduction, presentation category, and the relationship to theme. Students should bring the needed copies of your process paper and bibliography to the contest if the category requires it. See the 2021 NHD Rule Book for detailed information about the requirements for the process paper.

NHD Rule Book (Spanish) »


Citations and bibliographic references must follow the most recent edition of one of the two permitted style guides below. Regardless of which manual you use, the style must be consistent throughout all written material.

1. The Chicago Manual of Style by the University of Chicago Press

2. MLA Handbook by the Modern Languages Association of America

Example Bibliography - State »

Chicago Manual of Style Quick Guide »

MLA Formatting and Style Guide »

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