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Documentary
A documentary should demonstrate your ability to use audiovisual media to communicate your research and your topic's historical significance in a 10-minute presentation. There are separate group and individual categories for documentaries. The documentary categories are available in both the junior division (grades 6-8) and the senior division (grades 9-12).

Exhibit
An exhibit is a visual presentation of your research and your interpretation of your topic's significance in history, much like a small museum exhibit. There are separate group and individual categories for exhibits. The exhibit categories are available in both the junior division (grades 6-8) and the senior division (grades 9-12). There is also a fifth-grade division for exhibits with separate categories for individual and group projects.

Historical Paper
A paper is the traditional form of presenting historical research. Historical papers must be at least 1,500 words but no more than 2,500 words in length. There is no group category for historical papers; only individuals may enter projects in this category. The historical paper contest category is available in both the junior division (grades 6-8) and the senior division (grades 9-12).

Performance
A performance is an original, dramatic 10-minute portrayal of your subject, demonstrating your research and your topic's historical significance. There are separate group and individual categories for performances. The performance categories are available in both the junior division (grades 6-8) and the senior division (grades 9-12).

Website
The Website category is the most interactive of all history fair categories. A Website should reflect your ability to use Web site design software and computer technology to communicate the topic's significance in history. Your historical website should be a collection of pages interconnected by hyperlinks that presents primary and secondary sources, interactive media, and historical analysis. It should incorporate textual and non-textual (photographs, maps, music, etc.) descriptions, interpretations, and sources to engage and inform viewers. To construct a Website project, you must have access to the Internet. Use only the NHD Weebly Portal to create websites. Learn more about the NHD Weebly portal at http://www.nhd.org/websitereg.htm. Please note that only websites created through the NHD portal will be accepted. Any other methods of creating websites are prohibited, including those created directly through weebly.com. Weebly.com and the NHD Weebly portal are not the same platform. Web site categories are available for group and individual entries in both the junior division (grades 6-8) and the senior division (grades 9-12).

Rule requirements for all categories are set by National History Day. You must follow these mandatory rules for your chosen category, as well as the general rules applicable to all contest entries. A checklist of rule requirements is provided for each category to help you follow these rules. All participants should read the NHD Contest Rule Book which can be downloaded at http://www.nhd.org/images/uploads/RuleBook14.pdf.

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