Category Specific Resources

Click the links for category specific resources and examples of winning projects.

Documentary Resources »

Exhibit Resources »

Paper Resources »

Performance Resources »

Website Resources »


Students are allowed to use either MLA or Turabian style in formatting their bibliographies. The student should annotate each bibliographical entry to explain the how the resource contributed to the project.

See Page 10 of the Rule Book for detailed information about the requirements for the process paper.

Example Bibliography - State »

Turabian style guide (PDF) »

2016 Contest Rule Book (Spanish) »

MLA Formatting and Style Guide »

Bibliographical Tools

As a result of an exclusive partnership between National History Day and NoodleTools, enrolled teachers can provide NoodleTools to student applicants working on NHD projects.

Bibme is a free bibliography creator.

Bibme Bibliography Maker »

Click for more about NoodleTools »

Thinking Like a Historian

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.


  • * 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 Page 18 of the Rule Book for detailed information about the requirements for the process paper.

NHD Rule Book (Spanish) »

New Mexico History Books Online

Many great New Mexico history resources are available for free online from Google Books. These full text ebooks can be enjoyed on any e-book device, and many are excellent primary sources for New Mexico History Day projects. Use the index on the left to search titles, dates, and authors.

Google Library: New Mexico History »

Additional History Day Resources

Judging information »

Perspectives on History Day

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