History Skills and Fundamentals
Remembering factual information is a small but important part of academic History. Students often confuse the learning of history in talks, books, and documentaries, as the study of history. But History, as an academic discipline is a dynamic, ever changing interpretation of the past. Academic History is the creation of arguments about the past which are then presented in talks, books, documentaries, and papers. Students are, therefore, historians-in-training learning the skills to be successful interpreters of the past.
Therefore, one must approach history as a set of skills AND a collection of information. Only with the dual mindset will one be successful in an upper-level history course. Simply finding and then remembering factual information are only the first two steps in a climbing the ladder of historical inquiry.
The Skills of History Class
and their evaluations
Preparation for the History IA during the Junior Year
Timeline of History IA Research Project:
History IA Guidelines and Tips
Research Flow Chart to develop a good research focus
Sample History IAs with Moderator Marks from IB
Some of these samples are not double spaced or place the citations in a sentence rather than at the end of the sentence. Additionally, not all of them follow Chicago/Turabian citation style and include phrenetical citations. Just because an example is listed here and scored well, does not mean that a student should follow the formatting exactly. History papers for this class should follow Chicago/Turabian citation style (quick reference found here), and should be double spaced.