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National History Day Boot Camp, Grades 6-12: Citations/Bibliographies


An annotated bibliography is required for all categories. List only those sources that contributed to the development of your entry, i.e., sources that provided usable information or new perspectives in preparing your entry. Sources of visual and audio materials and oral interviews must be included. Bundle photos or other materials from the same collection in a single citation. The annotations for each source must explain how you used the source and how it helped you understand your topic. Your annotated bibliography is not included in the word count. (Rule 16).

You are required to separate your bibliography into two sections: one for primary sources and one for secondary sources. (Rule 17).

Style for citations and bibliographic references must follow the principles in a recent edition of one of the following style guides. (Rule 18).

1. Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Disserations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers

2. Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

You must acknowledge in your annotated bibliography all sources used in your entry. Failure to credit sources is plagiarism and will result in disqualification. (Rule 19)