What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps


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Which of the following is a pitfall of historical research?

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1. Why is it a good idea to do some basic research on the overview of a situation?

2. Which of these is an example of why knowing more about the general historical situation would be important?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the characteristics of historical research. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include pitfalls regarding historical research and several examples highlighting historical research.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Pitfalls of historical research
  • Reasons to do basic research on the overview of a situation
  • Examples highlighting historical research
  • Examples of primary sources
  • Benefits of secondary sources

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding the characteristics of historical research and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding primary and secondary sources
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify a pitfall of historical research

Additional Learning

To learn more about research strategies, review the accompanying lesson titled What Is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps. The lesson addresses the following objectives:

  • Identify two pitfalls of historical research
  • Know three methods for conducting historical research
  • Compare and contrast primary sources and secondary sources