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Historical Method Review. 1. Preliminary Research . Identify issue to be investigated Look at primary and secondary sources Primary source Sources recorded at time of event Secondary Sources recorded after the event. 2. Formulate a working hypothesis. An hypothesis is:

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Historical method review

Historical Method Review


1 preliminary research

1. Preliminary Research

  • Identify issue to be investigated

  • Look at primary and secondary sources

  • Primary source

  • Sources recorded at time of event

  • Secondary

  • Sources recorded after the event


2 formulate a working hypothesis

2. Formulate a working hypothesis

An hypothesis is:

  • A proposed explanation (guess) for some event or problem

  • A temporary working model of what might have happened

  • Based on evidence and supposition

  • Think of – “if this happened, then…”

  • Keep an open mind


3 research for evidence

3. Research for evidence

  • Evidence will either support or reject your hypothesis

  • Questions you should ask:

  • When was the source, written or unwritten, produced?

  • Wherewas it produced?

  • By whomwas it produced?

  • From what pre-existing materialwas it produced?

  • In what original form was it produced?

  • What is the evidential value of its contents?


Why you should ask these questions

Why you should ask these questions

  • To find out if your evidence is authentic

    NOVA | The Viking Deception | Famous Fakes | PBS

    Doctored Photos – all taken from Murano, Grace. (2009). Ten most famous doctored photos. Odee.com. Retrieved from http://www.oddee.com/item_96803.aspx

  • To find out if the source is competentandunbiased

  • To find out if the source is credible


Three types of bias

Three types of bias

  • Unconscious

  • a personal letter reflecting intolerance of a religious group

  • Deliberate (propaganda)

  • A government-sponsored health promotion

  • War time posters

  • Love, Hate and Propaganda: Propaganda Posters Gallery - Documentaries | CBC

  • Informed bias

  • A research paper showing the effects of a drug study

  • Discovering your own bias


4 formulate your thesis statement

4. Formulate your thesis statement

  • Thesis statement = conclusion that has been objectively reached using the research evidence

  • Reconstruct the past

  • Write or tell about your research, findings and conclusion


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