Welcome to the History EDge: How to do Great Historical Inquiry Projects video series.
Below you will find each episode of the series available to view. Please feel free to bookmark this page for future access.
Update 12/05/2022 – Episodes 11 & 12 Released
EP 1 – What is an historical inquiry project?
EP 2 – Developing an inquiry question
EP 3 – How to begin your research
EP 4 – How to take effective notes
EP 5 – How to be an effective internet researcher
EP 6 – Referencing
EP 7 – How to think critically about historical perspectives
EP 8 – Finding and using different kinds of historical evidence
EP 9 – Accessing and using digital archives
EP 10 – How to conduct an oral history interview
EP 11 – Using historical objects and artefacts
EP 12 – Methods of presenting and sharing your work
EPISODE 1 – What is an historical inquiry project?
This video introduces the concept and process of developing an historical inquiry project. It highlights the exciting possibilities of passion led research and emphasises the potential to do original research.
Featuring historians Dr Deb Hull and Alicia Cerreto
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EPISODE 2 – Developing an inquiry question
This video takes you through the stages of crafting the perfect inquiry question. It helps you consider the size, scope and feasibility of your inquiry and then helps you construct a detailed and nuanced research question.
Featuring historian Dr Deb Hull
EPISODE 3 – How to begin your research
Get your inquiry project off to a great start with useful advice on how to find the information you need to answer your inquiry question.
Featuring PhD researcher and history teacher Bronwyn Cook
EPISODE 4 – How to take effective notes
This video presents a range of note-taking styles and examines why recording information correctly is such an important part of the research process when undertaking an historical inquiry project.
Featuring researchers and history teachers Lauren Trotter and Alexis Watson
EPISODE 5 – How to be an effective internet researcher
Discover the dos and don’ts of internet searches while researching an historical inquiry project. This video introduces the characteristics of both reliable and unreliable web resources and how to best refine your search terms while conducting online research.
Featuring researcher and history teacher Ben Lawless
EPISODE 6 – Referencing
Confused about how to record, save and organise your references while undertaking your inquiry research? This video provides a detailed guide on how to choose a referencing style, find digital tools to help you, and ensure you are being consistent during the citation process.
Featuring history teacher and librarian Miriam Meehan
EPISODE 7 – How to think critically about historical perspective
Discover why you need to take historical perspectives into consideration when researching your inquiry question and evaluating your resources. Take a rigorous look at why no historical sources can ever be taken completely at face value.
Featuring historian and history teacher Dr Rosalie Triolo
EPISODE 8 – Finding and using different kinds of historical evidence
Find out how different kinds of historical evidence can be used to enhance your inquiry project. Discover the nuances of both primary and secondary sources and why each plays such a vital role when you are undertaking intensive historical research.
Featuring PhD researcher and history teacher Ann Guns
EPISODE 9 – Accessing and using digital archives
How has the digitisation of primary sources changed the nature of researching an inquiry question? Find out how to access archives from cultural institutions all around Australia without leaving your desk.
Featuring historian Dr David Waldron
EPISODE 10 – How to conduct an oral history interview
Oral history interviews are a great way to create an original source of information for your inquiry project. Watch this video to discover the most effective methods of conducting an interview, and the research etiquette associated with the process.
Featuring historian Lucy Bracey
EPISODE 11 – Using historical objects and artefacts
Add a whole new layer of depth to your inquiry project by learning to read historical artefacts. How can objects from the past be used to inspire, enrich, corroborate, and challenge your research?
Featuring historian Dr. Jo Clyne
EPISODE 12 – Methods of presenting and sharing your work
Creative and original presentation is something that historians can use to draw more attention to their research. This video will provide you with some inspiring ideas while helping you to find the right medium to share your work.
Featuring primary teacher and education consultant Maree Whiteley
The HistoryEDge – How to do Great Historical Inquiry Projects video series was supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
© History Teachers’ Association of Victoria 2021