Analysing Historical Sources

The work of a historian is a bit like the work of a detective. A historian will undertake research to find evidence in the form of primary and secondary sources. These sources will then be analysed to form conclusions about the past.  The information that can be gained from a primary or secondary source is … Read more Analysing Historical Sources

How to Reference Internet Sources

If you use another person’s work, it is important to reference that work both within your text and in a bibliography.  Failure to properly reference can lead to an accusation of plagiarism and affect the credibility of your work. Including properly referenced work from a range of sources shows that you have thoroughly researched the … Read more How to Reference Internet Sources

Understanding a Timeline

Historians use timelines to create an ordered view of history. By sequencing events into chronological order on a timeline, it becomes easier to see causes and effects of events. Timelines can be linear or comparative. Linear Timeline Linear timelines detail events that happened within a given time frame. This time frame could be a person’s … Read more Understanding a Timeline

Chronological Order – Constructing a Timeline

When a sequence of events are placed in the order in which they happened, this is called chronological order. When sorting events into chronological order, they should first be grouped by year with the earliest year first. If there are several events for a year then it is necessary to look at the date they … Read more Chronological Order – Constructing a Timeline

Glossary of Historical Terms

A Glossary of Historical Terms in Alphabetical order A.D. Anno Domini – In the year of our lord Absolute Monarchy When a monarch has total rule over a country or region Anachronism Something that is placed in the wrong time period Anarchy When law and order breaks down Anthropology The study of humans and their … Read more Glossary of Historical Terms

Primary and Secondary Sources

The work of a historian is a bit like that of a detective. A historian examines different types of evidence and then tries to piece together the facts. A piece of evidence or artefact is called a historical source. There are primary and secondary sources, each with different characteristics. Primary Sources A primary source is … Read more Primary and Secondary Sources

Periods in History

There are five main periods in history: Prehistory, Ancient History, Dark Ages, Middle Ages and Modern History. Within these periods are numerous historical topics, many of which overlap in dates. The timeline below shows the dates for the five periods and the most commonly studied topics that fall into that period.  Please note: our use … Read more Periods in History