In History, students investigate a topic of interest in depth by consulting a variety of primary and secondary sources. The goal is to understand how perceptions and perspectives differ between sources, then apply critical thinking to assess the reliability of a particular claim or fact. For the investigation you will focus on a specific historical inquiry, scrutinize a variety of source material, manage the diverse interpretations of the issue or event, then reach a final conclusion.

Want to Improve your History IA today?

Keys to the I.B. offers full consultations in as little as 24 hours

Learn More

3 Keys to succeed

  • Do not bring up new information within the evaluation section.
  • The analysis should be based on your own judgement of the various interpretations and facts in the introduction.
  • Use an annotated bibliography (write 2-3 lines about the significance of each source within the bibliography).

Here are some very common mistakes students make while writing their History Investigation Assignments:

  • Very often, students will use many different terms to refer to the same thing in different parts of the assignment, which, although refreshing to read, is quite distracting. History - Common Mistake - 1
  • In keeping with the requirements of Section A, this student has been advised on keeping his topic focused from the beginning. History - Common Mistakes - 2
  • While forming opinions, many students often put in content that is either contradictory or redundant in Section C. History - Common Mistakes - 3