Greater Denver Metro NHD



The process paper and annotated bibliography give the student a chance to give the judge information about how they created their project. Below you will find some information about how to create these two required elements of a National History Day Project, as well as some samples.


The requirements differ slightly depending on what type of project the student has created.

Papers: require an annotated bibliography, but do not require a process paper. Bring this to your judges' interview for the judges to look at. Plan on leaving a copy for the judges.

Websites: the process paper and annotated bibliography MUST be incorporated into the website.

Documentaries, Exhibits and Performances: require an annotated bibliography and a process paper. Bring this to your judges' interview for the judges to look at. Plan on leaving a copy for the judges.


Annotated Bibliography: The annotated bibliography is a list of the sources you used in your research. You should divide your sources into primary and secondary sources (for more information about primary and secondary sources, click here). After each source entry, you should write 1-3 sentences that explains a little bit about the source and how you used it to the judge. The annotation should NOT be used to give the judge more information about your topic.

Click here to see a sample of a well-done annotated bibliography.

Click here to learn how to cite different types of sources (books, interviews, documentaries, etc...)



Process Paper: A process paper is a description of no more than 500 words explaining how you conducted your research and created and developed your entry. You must conclude your description with an explanation of the relationship of your topic to the contest theme.

A title page is required as the first page of written material in every category.   For the Denver Metro contest ONLY: please only use your first name and last initial, along with your entry number, on your title page. You will also include your contest division (junior or senior) and your category (group documentary, individual website, paper, etc.) Do not include your age, grade or school name. If you advance to the state contest, you will change this to full name(s), contest division and category in which you are entered.

The first section should explain how you chose your topic.
The second section should explain how you conducted your research.
The third section should explain how you selected your presentation category and created your project.
The fourth section should explain how your project relates to the NHD them.

Process paper sample one: click here

Process paper sample two: click here

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