HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION

The Nature of the Paper
This is not a history report; it is a paper on historiography.  Students need to get away from historical narrative and instead analyze the historical evidence and evaluate how historians examine history.  This also improves the student’s ability to analyze documents and works by historians.

Paper Structure
1.    Title page: Name, word count, thesis question/statement.
2.    Table of contents: keep the contents exactly as they are in A through F.  Do not change what is in bold print (below) for your content headings in any way.
3.    (2 points) Plan of Investigation: One paragraph is enough.  Be clear and precise.  Make sure your thesis question is clearly stated and your method to investigate it.  You should acknowledge the sources you will use.  For example, this investigation will research this question.  It will use these types of sources.  It will evaluate these types of sources for their origin, purpose, value, and limitation.)
4.    (5 points) Summary of Evidence:  This must be well researched from a variety of sources (at least 10).  Use primary and secondary sources.  Try to stay off the Internet.  Create two or three headings/claim and below it list evidence in bullet points.  This should be your best evidence (facts and quotes).  Every bullet point must be cited.
5.    (4 points) Evaluation of Sources: Use two sources, ideally with different perspectives on the topic.  Evaluate their origin, purpose, value and limitation.  Be sure to use these words.  For example, since photographs can be tampered with, this source is limited.
6.    (5 points) Analysis: This must relate back to B (summary of evidence).  Must analyze the importance of the evidence and not just recognize it.  Go into depth!  Analyze unique and different interpretations to the evidence for the full five points.  If you just “consider” unique and different interpretations, you’ll get a 3 or 4.
7.    (2 points) Conclusion: This is a follow-up to D.  You must answer and clearly state how you were able (not able?) to answer your research question based on the evidence given.  It should be based on your evidence.
8.    (2 points) List of Sources: Use proper and consistent format.
-Appendix: if applicable.  Add to contents page.
Strategy
1.    There is a suggestion for the word length on each section.  A= 100-150, B= 500-600, C= 250-400, D= 500-650, E= 150-200.
2.    There must be headings on each section (A-F) in your paper.  See the sample papers I gave to you.
3.    When in doubt, cite the work.
4.    Read the preface of the book to understand the author’s intent!  You could polish off the historiography right here.
5.    Find reviews of the book from professors in scholarly journals.  Do not use the reviews from the internet unless they are from academic journals!
6.    Read the assessment criteria when you begin to write your rough draft.

Internal Assessment Criteria
The historical investigation is assessed against six criteria:

2 marks: Plan of the investigation Criterion A
5 marks: Summary of evidence Criterion B
4 marks: Evaluation of sources Criterion C
5 marks: Analysis Criterion D
2 marks: Conclusion Criterion E
2 marks: Sources and word limit Criterion F
20 marks Total

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