Ch 57: Foundations of Historical Inquiry

About This Chapter

Develop a deeper sense of historical research and resources using this short but detailed chapter. Use this information to support your history class studies or to prepare for college or professional certification exams.

Foundations of Historical Inquiry - Chapter Summary

How is historical research defined? What are some recurring themes in history? Which technologies are used to gather historical evidence? These are just some of the questions you will explore when you use this chapter. You'll also study periodization in history, the development of historical knowledge and how history relates to other academic disciplines. After you have reviewed this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Describe methods and steps used in historical research
  • Understand how historical questions are formulated
  • Discuss the causes and effects of historical change
  • Name recurring themes in history
  • List important periods in history
  • Explain strategies used in the development of historical knowledge
  • Detail how technology is used to gather historical evidence
  • Provide details about interdisciplinary approaches to history

Lessons are presented in either video or text formats and are accessible at all times, from any device. Transcripts are printable so you can quickly create easy-reference materials. Experienced instructors guide you through each topic, and experts can be contacted with any questions via a short online contact form. Take self-assessment lesson quizzes and chapter exams to determine what you've learned as you progress through the chapter.

8 Lessons in Chapter 57: Foundations of Historical Inquiry
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What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps

1. What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps

Doing historical research isn't as simple as solving a math problem. Instead, it requires just the right approach, or else you are likely to find a wrong answer. This lesson explains some common pitfalls, as well as the steps required to do good research.

How to Formulate Historical Questions

2. How to Formulate Historical Questions

In this lesson, we will learn how to formulate historical questions. We will understand how historians engage in historical inquiry, what that process looks like, and why it is necessary.

Historical Change: Causes and Effects

3. Historical Change: Causes and Effects

In this lesson, we will examine historical change. We will learn what factors contribute to historical change and see how historical change is perceived through different classifications.

Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

4. Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

In this lesson, we will examine some recurring themes throughout history. We will see how societal migration, cultural transformation, conflicts, industrialization, and other trends help facilitate historical development.

Chronology & Periodization in History

5. Chronology & Periodization in History

In this lesson we will learn about chronology and periodization in history. We will identify important periods of history, and learn how they are classified. We will analyze the centrality of chronology in the discipline of history.

Strategies & Resources for Developing Historical Knowledge

6. Strategies & Resources for Developing Historical Knowledge

When you start making a conscious attempt to develop historical knowledge, it can often seem like too much, too fast. This lesson explains how to focus on gaining historical knowledge the right way, so that it is more like a closet than a list of names and dates.

Using Technology to Gather & Manage Historical Evidence

7. Using Technology to Gather & Manage Historical Evidence

Think that historians do research like they always have? Think again. This lesson shows how the work of the historian is rapidly changing and how your picture of a dinner out could one day be a primary source.

History & Its Relationship to Other Academic Disciplines

8. History & Its Relationship to Other Academic Disciplines

In this lesson, we will learn how history relates to other academic disciplines. We will highlight commonalities between history and other disciplines, and we explore opportunities for interdisciplinary approaches.

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