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Ch 1: Historical Concepts & Research Skills

About This Chapter

Learn how to adequately conduct historical research by reviewing the lessons in this chapter. Take our self-assessment quizzes as you make your way through the chapter.

Historical Concepts & Research Skills - Chapter Summary

To competently perform historical research, it is imperative to have an understanding of historical concepts and general research methods. In this chapter, you'll brush up on:

  • Historical terms and concepts
  • Historical research
  • Using reference sources
  • Primary and secondary resources
  • Analyzing historical documents
  • Utilize cause-and-effect to understand history
  • Organizing historical data
  • Chronology and periodization
  • Interpreting data in graphic formats

The lessons in this chapter have been specially formulated by outstanding educators in the field to help you easily understand and retain the information. Most lessons contains a short, engaging video which visually exhibits the material along with a transcript available for text-based learning. You can take a self-assessment quiz at the end of each lesson to apply what you've learned, and a test at the end of the chapter to double check that you have all the concepts down.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Historical Concepts & Research Skills
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Understanding Basic Historical Terms & Concepts

1. Understanding Basic Historical Terms & Concepts

In this lesson we will learn about basic historical terms and concepts. We will define them, and draw examples from history to see what these terms and concepts look like in 'real life.'

What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps

2. 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.

Reference Sources & Materials Used in Historical Research

3. Reference Sources & Materials Used in Historical Research

In this lesson we will learn about reference sources and other materials used in historical research. We will understand the role these tools have in historical methodology, and how they help historians.

How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives

4. How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives

Just like detectives, historians have to analyze all sorts of sources, including documents and narratives, in order to find out what really happened. This lesson explains some of the things historians must consider when doing so.

Understanding History Through Cause-and-Effect Relationships

5. Understanding History Through Cause-and-Effect Relationships

Did you know that the seeds of the destruction of the Ming Dynasty were planted in 1492? Or an accidental suntan launched a multi-billion dollar industry? Cause and effect relationships are at the core of understanding history.

Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

6. Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

While historians may not have fancy labs to help make sense of their work, this does not mean that they are without specialized tools. This lesson discusses three of those tools, namely calendars, maps and periodization.

Chronology & Periodization in History

7. 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.

How to Interpret Historical Information in Graphic Formats

8. How to Interpret Historical Information in Graphic Formats

Graphic formats such as charts, graphs, maps, diagrams, and even political cartoons are useful means of presenting historical data. This lesson explains the use of these measures and provides tips for interpreting the information presented in them.

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