Once you have chosen the topic and question of your History IA, it's time to get researching! In this blog, Anna sets out some top tips on how best to research and record notes. Research in itself is a vitally important skill assessed throughout the IB Diploma - getting this right can mean the difference between a History IA's success and failure.
Try to have at least ten or more different sources. Wikipedia and encyclopedias alone are NEVER appropriate.
Choose a range of sources – these could include some of the following:
Many say don’t, I say use with caution!
When you find something from Wikipedia that is useful for your question, instead of taking it directly from the Wikipedia article, scroll down to the footnotes and access the information yourself. Find the link or book and then research it yourself.
Citing is stating where you got your information from.
It is simply a matter of recording in detail where you got your information from. Many students struggle with this, but it is required for IAs in ALL subjects across the IB DP.
It is VERY important to ensure you make notes clearly, and write down where the information is from and sometimes when, if from the internet or an interview.
Examples are below on how to record your notes as you research:
Mansfield, Peter. A History of the Middle East. Revised and updated by Nicholas Pelham. Penguin Group 1992.
Furuya, Daisuke. “A Historiography in Modern Japan: The Laborious Quest for Identity.” Scandia, 2008. Web. 24 Nov. 2015.
„Retter in Seenot” Die Zeit. Inc. 06. Nov. 1987 Web. 26 Oct. 2013
For further help on how to cite please click here.