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National History Day, Inc. - Website Category Rules

Judging Web Sites:

The web sites will be judged in a similar fashion to the National History Day paper category, allowing the judges the opportunity to review the entry prior to the contest day. Four CD-Rs with the student’s web site will be submitted along with four copies of the process paper, the annotated bibliography and hard copy print-outs of the web site by the entry date.  Judges will individually or in groups evaluate the web sites prior to the contest date.  They will interview the students at the contest and look at the web site if technology is available, or use the web site print-out to discuss their evaluation with the students.

Web Sites

A web site should reflect your ability to use web site design software and computer technology to communicate your topic’s significance in history. The historical quality, analysis,  and interpretation of your topic must be clear and evident to the viewer. Web sites are the most interactive of all NHD categories. In designing your entry, you should include elements that actively engage your audience in learning about your topic. These elements do not have to be technologically complex, but they should let the audience participate in exploring the topic, rather than passively viewing information. Your presentation should include primary materials, but must also be an original production. To produce a web site, you must have access to appropriate software and equipment and be able to operate it.

Rules for all Categories, applies to websites.

Rule 1: Size Requirements

Web site entries may contain no more than 1,200 visible, student-composed words. Citations, code used to build the site, and alternate text tags on images do not count toward the word limit. The word limit does not include words found in materials used for illustration, such as documents, artifacts or graphs not created by the students, or to quotations from primary sources such as oral history interviews, letters, or diaries, photos of artifacts with writing, or other illustrative materials that are used as an integral part of the web site. Brief citations crediting the sources of illustrations or quotations included on the web sites do count toward the 1,200-word limit. The entire site, including all multimedia, may use up to 50MB of file space.

Rule 2: Navigation

One page of your web site must serve as the “home page.” This page must be saved in the root directory of the CD-R (not in any folder) with the name “index.”  The home page must include your name, the title of your entry, your age division, and a main menu that directs viewers to the various sections of your site. All pages must be interconnected with hypertext links. Automatic redirects are not permitted.

Rule 3: Multimedia

A single multimedia clip may not last more than 45 seconds and may not include student-composed narration. If an entry uses any form of multimedia requiring a plug-in (for example, Flash, QuickTime or Real Player), the student must provide on the same page a link to an Internet site where the plug-in is available as a free, secure, and legal download. Judges will make every effort to view all multimedia content, but files that cannot be viewed cannot be evaluated as part of the entry.

Rule 4:  Entry Production

All entries must be original productions. Students may use professional photographs, graphics, video, recorded music, etc. within the site. Such items must be integrated into the web site,  and proper credit must be given within the site as well as in the annotated bibliography. Students must operate all software and equipment in the development of the web site.

NOTE: Using objects created by others specifically for use in your entry violates this rule, but using graphics, multimedia clips, etc. that already exist is acceptable.

Rule 5: Citations

Citations--footnotes, endnotes or internal documentation--are required.  Citations are used to credit the sources of specific ideas as well as direct quotations. Refer to “Rules for All Categories,” Part II, Rule 14, for citation styles.

Rule 6: Stable Content

The content and appearance of a page may not change when the page is refreshed in the browser. Random text or image generators are not allowed.

Rule 7: Viewing Files

The pages that comprise the site must be viewable in a recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Entries may not link to live or external sites, except to direct viewers to plug-ins.

Rule 8: File Safety

Entries that contain potentially harmful file contamination (e.g. a virus) are subject to disqualification.

Rule 9: Submitting Entry for Judging                                                                 

Students will submit their projects on CD-R for advance viewing by judges. CD-Rs must be labeled only with the student’s name, division, and entry title; decorations or illustrations are not appropriate.  CD-Rs must be accompanied by four hard copies of the student’s process paper, annotated bibliography, and print-outs of the site.