For examples of student web sites that have competed in previous contests, click on the links below:
Websites courtesy of National History Day
Web Site Projects
The Web Site category is the newest and most interactive of all NHD categories. A web site should reflect the students' ability to use web site design software and computer technology to communicate the topic's significance to history. All of the general requirements for a History Day entry apply to the Web Site category, so that the historical quality, analysis, and interpretation of the topic must be clear and evident to the viewer through the content and navigational structure of the site.
In designing the entry, students should include elements that actively engage the audience in learning about the 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. The presentation should include primary source materials, but must also be an original production. To produce a web site, students must have access to appropriate software and equipment and be able to operate it. Students must submit their work on the NHD Portal for judging http://nhd.weebly.com/
The specific rules for web sites from the NHD Contest Rule Book are presented below. In addition, students who prepare a Web Site entry must prepare a process paper.
All the Details
For more information, visit Creating Web Site Entries on the National History Day site.
From the NHD Contest Rule Book:
All entries must be original productions constructed using the NHD web site editor beginning at the school level [for access to the NHD web site editor and up to-date submission procedures, please visit http://www.nhd.org/CategoryWebsite.htm]. You 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. The student 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. However, using graphics, multimedia clips, etc., which already exist is acceptable.
Web site entries may contain no more than 1,200 visible, student-composed words. 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 student, or quotations from primary
sources such as oral history interviews, letters, or diaries, photos of artifacts with writing, or
other illustrative materials such as reoccurring menus, titles and navigation instructions that
are used as an integral part of the web site. Brief text crediting the sources of illustrations
or quotations included on the web site do not count toward the 1,200-word limit. The entire
site, including all multimedia, may use up to 100MB of file space.
One page of the web site must serve as the“home page.” The home page must include the names of participants, entry title, division, and a main menu that directs viewers to the various sections of the site. All pages must be interconnected with hypertext links. Automatic redirects are not permitted.
Each multimedia clip may not last more than 45 seconds and may not include student composed narration. There is no limit to the number of multimedia clips other than the file size limit. Voiceover of material not composed by students is allowed. If an entry uses any
form of multimedia requiring a plug-in (for example, Flash, QuickTime or Real Player),
you 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.
The annotated bibliography must be included as an integrated part of the web site. It should
be included in the navigational structure and does NOT count toward the 1,200-word limit.
Refer to the General Rules for citation and style information.
Citations -- footnotes, endnotes or internal documentation -- are required. Citations are used to credit the sources of specific ideas as well as of direct quotations.
The content and appearance of a page cannot change when the page is refreshed in the browser. Random text or image generators are not allowed.
The pages that comprise the site must be viewable in a recent version of a standard web
browser (i.e. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari). Students are responsible for ensuring that the entry is viewable in multiple web browsers. Entries may not link to live or external sites, except to direct viewers to plug-ins.
Submitting Entry for Judging
All student entries will be assigned a unique web address (or URL) that the judges will access via the NHD Weebly Portal http://nhd.weebly.com/. Therefore, all entries must be composed using this feature. During judging periods, the web sites will be locked. For access to the NHD web site editor and up-to-date submission procedures, please visit http://www.nhd.org/CategoryWebsite.htm
Useful Guides and Tools from Our Friends at Wisconsin History Day
Website Guide: Website Guide.pdf
File Format Cheat Sheet: File Formats.pdf
Useful Web Tool Sheet: Nifty Web Tools.pdf
Website Practice--Working with Media: Working with Media Notes.pdf