Student FAQs

What should I bring to the regional competition?

You should bring your project, props and costumes if applicable, and four copies of both your process paper and bibliography.

What is there to do at the regional competition?
Once you are finished with the judging process, you have no obligations until the awards ceremony.  We suggest bringing something to keep you busy such as homework, a book or games.  We also encourage you to support your classmates by watching performances or documentaries, or explore student projects from other schools.

What kinds of questions will the judges ask me?
The judges will ask you questions that allow you to showcase your knowledge of your topic.  They will not “quiz” you or make you feel like you didn’t do enough research.  Typical questions include “How did you choose your topic?”, “What kinds of sources did you use?”, “How does your topic fit with this year’s theme?”  Remember, the judges are just there to learn about your project, and you are the expert!

How many projects move on to State History Day?
The number of projects that advance to State depend how much space is available at the University of Minnesota, where the competition is held. From there, we divide up the numbers between the 13 regional events throughout the state and come up with how many can advance.

How many sources should I have?
There is no required number of sources you should have for History Day, although your teacher might have a minimum.  The History Day philosophy is that you are never done researching, and more sources can always be found.  Keep researching until all your questions have been answered.

My partner can’t come to the regional event, is that a problem?
If you created a group exhibit or documentary, it is OK if you are the only member to represent your group.  If you are in a performance with other students, it is up to you to determine if the performance can be given without the other group member.  You would not be disqualified if your group member could not attend.

Where can I find information on my topic?
There are many places to find resources for History Day topics. Libraries, historical societies, and colleges or universities are great places to look for books, journals, newspapers, and documents to answer questions about your topic. To start, we have a list of web resources that may be helpful. 

What does a good project look like?
There is no  formula for a "good project" as all History Day projects look different. Quality research and clear presentation are the backbone of a project. We do have samples of projects and some documents that may be helpful if you need direction on organizing your information

How can I get help on my project outside of school?
Visit a library or archive and get help from a librarian, attend a History Day Hullabaloo to get research assistance from History Day staff, or send questions to the History Day Hotline e-mail.