History Ch. 1 Lesson 2
What Does a Historian Do?
Terms in this set (18)
something that shows proof that something is true
documents or reference work
first hand evidence of an event in history
a document or written work created after an event
point of view
a personal attitude about people or life
an unreasonable emotion or judgement about people and events
concerned with academic learning or research
limited; having boundaries
a decision reached after examining evidence
an explanation of the meaning of something
what are some examples of evidence that can be found by historians?
materials, objects, or written materials or documents
how do primary sources lead historians to disagree about how to interpret historical events?
authors of primary sources take different positions on events. this sometimes leads historians to draw different conclusions. historians also use different primary resources to support their conclusions.
name 3 examples of primary sources.
diaries, letters, and government records
name 3 examples of secondary sources.
biography, history books, and textbooks.
are primary or secondary sources more likely to contain bias?
primary sources are more likely to contain the bias of the eyewitnesses. reliable secondary sources should not contain bias, but sometimes they do.
what are 3 things a historian should do when looking at a primary source?
identify point of view, detect bias, and determine the credibility of the source.
why does a historian have to understand what point of view is?
because identifying a source's point of view will help them determine the reliability of the sources and recognize bias.
why does drawing a conclusion come at the end of a research process?
because a historian first needs to find and evaluate sources.