Historical Paper Rules
History fair projects in the historical paper category must follow the general rules which apply to all history fair entries (see link at right). In addition, historical papers must follow all of the specific rules listed below.
Rule 1: Length Requirements - Particular attention should be paid to the length of a paper.
Note: Oral history transcripts, correspondence between you and experts, questionnaires, and other primary or secondary materials used as sources for your paper should be cited in your bibliography, but should not be included as attachments to your paper.
Rule 2: Citations - Citations - footnotes, endnotes, or internal documentation - are required. Citations are used to credit the sources of specific ideas as well as direct quotations. Refer to Rule 15 for citation styles.
Please note that an extensively annotated footnote should not be used to get around the word limit.
Rule 3: Preparation Requirements - Papers must be typed, computer-printed, or legibly handwritten in ink on plain white 8.5 x 11-inch paper with 1-inch margins on all sides. Pages must be numbered consecutively and double-spaced with writing on one side, using no more than 12 characters per inch or no less than 10-point type. Papers must be stapled in the top left corner and should not be enclosed in any cover or binder. The title page should have no illustrations.
Rule 4: Number of Copies - Four copies of the paper must be submitted direct to the HOTRHF Office and online registration completed by the deadline established by HOTRHF. Historical papers are judged well in advance of the fair and must be submitted by the early deadline, approximately four weeks before the fair. Winning papers are sometimes published; you must be prepared to give permission for such publication.
Be sure to keep a copy of your paper for yourself and bring it with you to the contest.
HOTRHF Note: Rules listed on this web site are now confirmed for 2014 by National History Day.