History Fair Research Paper Rules
The research paper allows students to develop a historical argument in a lengthy written form.
RULE 1: Individuals only.
RULE 2: Papers may be 1500-2500 words in length.
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 or MLA styles are acceptable so long as the style is consistently followed.
RULE 5: Project topics must be based in Chicago or Illinois-even if the national theme is being used. Non-Illinois topics will be evaluated but will not be eligible to advance.
RULE 6: Plagiarism is not accepted, and constitutes grounds for disqualification.
RULE 7: All work must be conducted in the current school year for which the paper is submitted.
PENALTY POINTS (High School only)
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