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The research paper allows students to develop a historical argument in a lengthy written form.

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Research Paper Guidelines

See "Communicating Your Story" in the Making History section for further guidance or download the category guide..

  • Appendices are not required. Only maps, charts, photographs, transcribed oral histories or other types of evidence directly addressed in the text may be included in the appendix. Extraneous or supplemental material will not be credited. Do not send original sources-CMHEC cannot be held responsible for any loss of originals.

  • A Summary Statement Form is not submitted for research papers. Instead, students must submit a thesis statement, outline, and footnotes. (See Rules above.)

  • Submit two copies of the paper to the History Fair. Each copy should have a cover sheet containing the title and student name only (no images). Only one cover sheet should give the name of the school.

  • The judging process for research papers follows a different evaluation schedule than other History Fair projects. Students will attend a Papers Forum on the regional contest and the superior Finalists will be interviewed at the Metro Finals.  Papers are eligible for all awards and scholarships.

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