Historical investigation process

What topic might you choose?
What do you already know about the topic?
What keywords could you use to search for information on this topic?
Where might you go to acquire your information?
How does the marking criteria inform me on direction for this task?

Integrates at least THREE appropriate historical sources in a sophisticated way to clearly support argument” – Books, journal articles, Encyclopedia.
Locate and collect the raw material from the appropriate information sources.
Collect your bibliographic records as you go
Complete the source evaluation scaffold as you go

Analyse, authenticate and arrange your information.
What information is useful? What information is useless?
What information is fact and opinion?
Is your information biased?
Do I need to locate more information?

Look at the Essay writing checklist before you start writing.
Check out academic writing page and wordpower page
Introducing evidence from UNSW

See your student reflection sheet.
What new knowledge and skills did I learn from doing this task? Will I be able to use these skills in other subjects?
How is this learning going to help me in the future?
Did I answer all my focus questions?
How well did I do in each stage of the Information Fluency?
Were there some things that I did really well and other things that I need to work on?
What do I need to improve on next time?

Library resources

Gateway to books in the Explore Area
Dewey decimal guide for Modern history

Oliver copy

history reference centre

national geographic

Information tools


Smarter searching strategies video

Google power user

Bubble.us for mindmapping

Local libraries

harvard generatorcitethisforme

Referencing guidelines

List each item in alphabetical order (by author surname).

Titles should be in italics.


Lincoln Hall, 2010. Alive in the Death Zone. Edition. Doubleday Australia Pty Ltd.


Unlocking the Archives. 2017. Unlocking the Archives. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.unlockingthearchives.rgs.org/themes/everest/default.aspx. [Accessed 06 May 2017].

Journal article online

Miller, P 2003. ‘The Hero.’, National Geographic, 203, 5, p. 34, History Reference Center, EBSCOhost, viewed 14 May 2017.


Mount Everest 2017. Britannica School. Retrieved 6 May 2017, from http://school.eb.com.au/levels/high/article/Mount-Everest/33358


Disaster on Everest 2006, , Clickview Video, from https://clickv.ie/w/wWfh