Ch 10: Historical Inquiry & Essay Construction

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Learn more about historical inquiry topics, including knowledge development and source analysis, with this engaging chapter. Our short video and text lessons and quizzes work as a comprehensive study aid to help you prepare for a placement exam or complete class assignments.

Historical Inquiry & Essay Construction - Chapter Summary

This informative chapter teaches you how to more easily begin to develop historical knowledge by providing several practical strategies. Additional instruction enables you to think like a historian when working through historical sources. You'll also learn why understanding cause and effect is a crucial step in understanding history.

Our instructors also explain how to craft strong paragraphs while writing an essay to ensure that you communicate your message in the best possible way. Once you complete these lessons, you will be ready to do the following:

  • Differentiate between primary and secondary sources
  • Explain how historians use visual representations to build knowledge
  • Use four steps to more easily write a timed essay
  • Proofread essays using basic principles

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8 Lessons in Chapter 10: Historical Inquiry & Essay Construction
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Strategies & Resources for Developing Historical Knowledge

1. 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.

Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

2. Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

Good history and good cooking can both be ruined by not using the proper ingredients. This lesson explains why that is true while describing the roles of primary and secondary sources.

How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives

3. How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives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.

How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

4. How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

Think that historians only rely on dense textbooks full of nothing but words, dates, and more words? Think again. Historians actually use a variety of visual representations, ranging from images that they create to visuals that are sources themselves.

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.

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

6. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

7. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

8. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

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