All entries should follow the National History Day standards outlined in the Contest Rule Book (http://www.nhd.org/wp-content/uploads/Contest-Rule-Book.pdf). In addition to the NHD rules, there are certain additional format requirements due to the virtual contest. Please follow these rules to ensure your entry is properly judged.
Entry Requirements for the State Contest
Websites must be created in the National History Day website portal accessible through the National History Day homepage. Students must publish their website and provide the url in the online registration form in order for it to be accessible to the judges. Summit electronic (word or pdf) copies of the process paper and bibliography with the entry.
The Website Category is the National History Day's newest category. It allows technically oriented students to present their research in a web site format. Students are required to develop their website using the development tools available on the NHD Web Portal at http://nhd.weebly.com/. Students may use the "Custom HTML" feature to customize their website but they must use the NHD Web Portal to develop their website.
How to Create a Historical Web Site*
What is a Historical Web Site?
A historical website is a collection of web pages, interconnected with hyperlinks, that tell the story of your topic using video and audio clips, primary and secondary sources, interactive multimedia, and your own historical analysis. Your website should be an accumulation of research and argument that incorporates textual and non-textual (photographs, maps, music, etc.) description, interpretation, and multimedia sources to engage and inform viewers about your chosen historical topic.
How is a Web Site Different from Other Categories?
Web sites can display materials online, your own historical analysis as well as primary and secondary sources. These can be photographs, maps, documents, or audio and video files. Web sites are interactive experiences where viewers can play music, solve a puzzle, or look at a video or click on different links. Viewers can move through the web site in various undirected ways. Web sites use color, images, fonts, documents, objects, graphics and design, as well as words, to tell your story.
Review the rules for the website category thoroughly before your begin your website. Remember that you are limited to 1,200 student composed words. This does not include quotations and captions. Video and audio clips must be embedded in your website. You cannot link to them. It is also important to remember that with all National History Day categories historical quality is 60% of your score. Using custom HTML to create flashy features is not necessary. As stated above, "Keep it simple."