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Ch 52: NYSTCE Social Studies: Historical Research

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Look over this chapter to learn about the purpose, steps, and strategies of historical research. Reviewing these lessons will help you prepare for the questions on the NYSTCE Social Studies exam that focus on historical study.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Historical Research - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will have the opportunity to refresh your understanding of various facets of historical research. These lessons aim to aid you in your studies for the NYSTCE Social Studies exam by developing your understanding of the steps of historical research and historical methodology. Additionally, this chapter will address the following topics that may appear on the exam:

  • Similarities and differences between essays, diaries and letters
  • Uses of biographies and autobiographies
  • Editorials, speeches, articles, and other forms of informational text
  • Analyzing and using a reference book
  • Differences between and benefits of primary and secondary sources
  • Print and electronic sources
  • Pros and cons of historical research design
  • Strategies for collecting data
  • Summarizing and organizing data for research purposes

You will be led through this chapter by an expert instructor who uses creative videos to present the information clearly. The lessons are accompanied by full transcriptions so you may take note of highlighted key terminology and so you may process the content at your own speed.

11 Lessons in Chapter 52: NYSTCE Social Studies: Historical Research
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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.

Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

2. Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

In this lesson. we will learn about historical methodology. We will learn how history is constructed based on evidence and how various interpretations are formulated.

Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

3. Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More

Watch this video lesson to explore the world of literary nonfiction. You will learn the similarities and differences between journals, diaries, memoirs and much more.

Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies

4. Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies

Literary nonfiction consists of many types of writing. Two of the most popular types are biographies and autobiographies. Watch this video lesson to learn more about these two types.

Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

5. Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More

Informational nonfiction is a large category that includes various types of writing. Learn about two of those types, articles and speeches, in this video lesson.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

6. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

Before the Internet existed, people used reference books to find answers to many of their questions. Reference books are still widely used, especially when doing research. Learn how to analyze and interpret them in this lesson.

Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

7. Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

Differentiating between different types of research articles is useful when looking at what has already been done. In this lesson, we explore some of the different types of research articles out there and when they would be used.

Print & Electronic Sources for Scientific Research

8. Print & Electronic Sources for Scientific Research

Sources provide you with helpful background information that support your own work. You can find sources both online and in printed materials. There are benefits and drawbacks to each, so you'll need to consider which is best for you and your project.

Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

9. Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

Most research involves looking at what's happening right now. But what if a researcher wants to look at the past and what it can tell us about the future? In this lesson, we'll explore historical research design, its steps, and its pros and cons.

Strategies for Choosing a Data Collection Technique

10. Strategies for Choosing a Data Collection Technique

After figuring out what you are going to study, you, as the researcher, will need to figure out how to study it. This lesson discusses popular ways a researcher can collect data as well as why a researcher would chose a particular data collection technique.

Summarizing & Organizing Social Studies Research Data

11. Summarizing & Organizing Social Studies Research Data

In this lesson, we discover several different methods to organize research data for a social studies project or paper, including outlines, thought webs, and the importance of summation.

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