|History Fair Research Paper Rules|
The research paper allows students to develop a historical argument in a lengthy written form.
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RULE 1: Individuals only.
RULE 2: Papers may be 1500-2500 words in length (refers to the body of the text only--not the additional components).
RULE 3: The paper is preceded by a cover page (title and student name only), thesis statement, and outline. It concludes with an annotated bibliography which is divided by primary and secondary sources. These pages are not included in the word count. Students do not submit Summary Statement Forms.
RULE 4: In addition to the annotated bibliography, citations must be included as either endnotes, footnotes, or in-line notes. Either Turabian (CMS) or MLA styles are acceptable so long as the style is consistently followed.
RULE 5: Project topics must be connected to the Chicago region--even if the national theme is being used. Non-Chicago topics will be evaluated but will not be eligible to advance. Junior HF allows topics in Illinois history.
RULE 6: Plagiarism is not accepted, and constitutes grounds for disqualification.
PENALTY POINTS (High School only)
Research Paper Guidelines
See "Communicating Your Story" in the Making History section for further guidance or download the category guide..