The Research Process

Mosaic of Alexander the Great from Pompeii. (c. 100 BC). Naples National Archaeological Museum, Italy.
"So-called Alexander Mosaic". Naples National Archaeological Museum, Italy. Public Domain. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexander_(Battle_of_Issus)_Mosaic.jpg

Researching for a History assessment piece can often be the most daunting part of the subject. However, it needn't be. Research is a systematic process that, if followed step-by-step, will become a logical and efficient part of your work. Below are links to the nine stages of good research, providing explanations and examples for each one:

  1. Background Research
  2. Sub-questions
  3. Source Research
  4. Organise Quotes
  5. Topic Sentences
  6. Hypothesis
  7. Draft Writing
  8. Final Draft

Overview of the Research Process

Below is a pictorial explanation about how the research process works to create a hypothesis from the results of question-driven research. As you follow the research steps, each section of the diagram is completed.



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History Skills Online has a ready-to-use Research Journal that follows these 9 steps and provides links back to the website to help you at each stage of your research. You can grab it here.