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Ch 18: History Study Skills

About This Chapter

Polish and strengthen your study skills in history using the lessons in this brief refresher course. This study guide will help you refine your selection of resource materials, gather information and identify the focal points in historical texts.

History Study Skills - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this study guide to reinforce your knowledge of how to gather, evaluate and process information when conducting historical research. You will review older and discover newer ways to collect and evaluate source materials, differentiate between opinion, persuasion and fact and examine articles and essays to find the central themes. These lessons cover the following material:

  • Reading and interpreting historical timelines
  • Finding the central idea and examining the reasoning in an essay or article
  • Examining historical narratives and documents for validity
  • Comparing fact, persuasion and informed opinion in nonfiction works
  • Collecting and assembling needed information

This powerful, comprehensive study guide combines short, well-written and carefully researched lessons with self-assessment quizzes and chapter tests so that all of the tools you need are at your fingertips. Ready access to our expert instructors and subject-area specialists ensures that help is as close as your computer mouse, and the dashboard feature provides a well-organized means of staying on track.

6 Lessons in Chapter 18: History Study Skills
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Historical Timelines: Strategies for Interpretation

1. Historical Timelines: Strategies for Interpretation

In this lesson we will learn about strategies for interpreting historical timelines. We will also learn how to find connections between world, American, and local historical events.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

2. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

3. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

4. Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

Historians have to analyze a great deal of data in order to find out what sources are worthwhile. However, many sources may not be valid. This lesson explains how historians are able to find out which sources are worth their attention.

Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

5. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction

How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.

Gathering Relevant & Essential Information in Research

6. Gathering Relevant & Essential Information in Research

In this lesson we will discuss how to distinguish relevant and essential information from irrelevant and incidental information when doing research. This will help when you are researching a topic or writing a paper.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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