Thesis Statement

Writing a Thesis and Creating a Bibliography

Each History Day project will have a thesis statement.

A Thesis Statement is one sentence that:

• States the project’s central idea;
• Provides the main points of your argument based on evidence
• Makes a judgment or interpretation.



• Read over your research.
• Identify common ideas, thoughts or images.
• Develop a thesis statement that can be supported by all of your sources.
• Use at least one piece of information from each source to support your thesis.


A History Day thesis statement should help show why the event, person, place or topic is significant to history. Historical Significance can be defined in many ways. An event, person, place or idea is historically significant if it:

• Is unique to the time period, or transcends time and place.
• Explains relationships in history; how people, ideas or events are connected to each other.
• Influences many subsequent events.
• Affects a large number of people.
• Helps show history from many different perspectives.
• Helps understand past actions within the historical context of the time the event occurred.

Writing Your Process Paper
Each History Day project (except papers) must include a process paper as outlined in the Contest Rulebook. The process paper must describe:
• How the topic was selected
• How the research was conducted
• How the project was created
• How the topic related to the annual theme

Annotated Bibliography
Annotated bibliographies are required for all projects. They must be divided into sections for primary and secondary sources. Look at some sample annotated bibliographies or read more about them in the Contest Rulebook.