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Passion Project: Home
To guide year 8 students in their research of a chosen area of history.
Click here to search our comprehensive library of History documentaries.
The Christopher Brennan Library subscribes to a range of databases that will help you with your studies of History.
History Today The Christopher Brennan Library has an online subscription to History Today. Ask your friendly librarian for the logon details to gain access. The latest issue (not for loan) and past issues are available in print form in the library.
Ducksters is a search engine useful for preliminary research or a source of basic information. This may be useful when narrowing down your topic or identifying search terms that can be used in the above databases.
The Australian War Memorial website has a #museumathome page with links to videos, blogs, podcasts, online exhibitions, 360 experience, virtual visit, family history, learning from home and diggers' requiem.
A guide to access historic newspapers; articles; books and images from the National Library of Australia.
Useful Tips to Assist you in your Research
You will be accessing information from a range of sources in this project. It is really important you collate and maintain effective notes. Make sure you are keeping them in a safe place!
Notetaking consists of three steps:
Identification of keywords and related words in the researchable question;
Skimming and scanning the info for these words;
Extracting the relevant information.
Remember don't copy and paste large chunks of text. Summarise and paraphrase instead!
In the subject area of History there is a vast amount of information on the internet. Some of it is excellent and written by qualified authors however there are many, many sites that quote incorrect information and/or the information may be out of date. It is important that you have the skills to evaluate which websites are useful and worthy of being quoted from and which are not. Use these tips below to help you:
You should evaluate every web site you use for research or for personal information.
Ask yourself the following questions about each site and try to use only those that have the best evidence of credibility, accuracy, reasonableness, and support.
Google Search Tips
In the Christopher Brennan Library we have more than enough information to help you with your assignment - books; databases; journals and videos. However, if you need to use Google to search for extra information read these tips below to guide you. You don't want to be wasting time searching all over the internet!