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Anatomy of a Project

Remember that all History Day projects should tell a story. Just like any paper, your project should include an introduction, thesis statement, support and conclusion. As you begin to think about how your project will look, think about these three concepts:

  • Segmentation – Different parts of your story (context, background, etc.) are segmented into different parts so that viewers of your project can break down each point piece-by-piece.
  • Orientation – Consider the order in which information appears in your project. Where will a first-time viewer look first? In what order will they follow the information in your project? Think where your introduction, thesis, support, conclusion, etc. should appear in your project.
  • Explanation – make sure that everything on your project is explained. All pictures or documents should relate to some label, dialogue or other explanation. Avoid the pitfall of confusing the judges on why a piece of media is in your project for no apparent reason.

Project Examples

Exhibit Projects
Website Projects
Documentary Projects on YouTube
Performance Projects on YouTube

Annotated Bibliography

The quality of the annotated bibliography is often what judges will review when comparing History Day projects. Good projects might get students to the top of their judging group, but good bibliographies based on sound research get students medals. Remember that bibliographies should be in MLA or Turabian styles. Follow the links below for guidance on creating your bibliography:

Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
University of Chicago: Turabian Quick Guide
eTurabian: Turabian and MLA bibliography generator

Tip: Whichever style you choose for your History Day project, be consistent! The judges will appreciate it.