Introduction: History Research Project

A how to guide to conduct useful, accurate historical research.

Step 1: Figure Out Your Prior Knowledge on World War 1

Make a KWL chart, evaluating what you know, what you want to know, and what you learned about World War 1. This is a sample of a blank KWL chart that you would fill in based off of what you feel should go in each box.

Step 2: Create a Focus

Basing off what you want to learn about World War 1, create an essential question that you can use to conduct your research and have a goal in mind.

Step 3: Become Familiar With World War 1

Do some initial, general research to become more familiar with World War 1. Possibly use techniques like SOAPSTone or observe, reflect, analyze to gain knowledge on the main ideas of your chosen subject.

Step 4: Create a List Key Terms That Are Crucial to Understanding World War One

You should be able to come up with these based off previous knowledge and research you have done. This was a list given to us of key terms relating to World War 1.

Step 5: Conduct Further Research and Create Historical ID’s

This research should be more in depth and the ID’s will organize your information into who, what, where, when, and why. This is an example of an historical ID of the Bolshevik Revolution, a key term from the list you had already made.

Step 6: Create MLA Citations

Use, find the author, publisher, and other aspects of the citations needed for it to be created. If the source is credible nearly all of the information Noodletools asks for should be easily available. All sources used for your research should be credible.

Step 7: Create a Final Product

Take the information gathered from the previous steps to create an answer to the essential question in the form of an essay, project, harkness discussion, or assessment. Include your historical ID’s and citations. Above in the cover slide of a World War 1 slideshow.