You can peruse these sources to find interesting topics that you might be able to spin into a historical investigation:
Wikipedia, Twitter, Google, etc
The Vault (from
CBC digital archives
BBC History magazine
History Today magazine
Online book reviews: for example, at the Guardian, New York Review of Books

Here is a video podcast that gives some very good advice for how to approach this type of task. (also useful for those writing their EE in history)


Title Page

Include this information on your title page:
  • Research question
  • History HL Internal Assessment
  • Exam Session (May 201_)
  • Your Name
  • Candidate number and school number
  • School name
  • Word Count (IMPORTANT!)

Plan of Investigation


Summary of Evidence

Evaluation of Sources


For an example of a strong analysis (5 out of 6), look at sample 9. Here are the comments from the moderator: The section is effectively referenced. It refers to a variety of historians’ views in an integrated fashion in the analysis. The critical commentary is largely consistent with what has been stated in section B, though there could have been “some evidence of awareness of the significance to the investigation of the sources evaluated in section C”. There is a well-written and balanced coverage of factors in this 714-word section.

For a mediocre analysis (4 out of 6), refer to sample 5. Here are the moderator's comments: There is analysis of the evidence in section B with references. There is awareness of the significance of one of the sources used in section C which is then developed.

For an example of a weak analysis (2 out of 6), look at sample 1. Here are the comments from the moderator: Better proofreading of this section could have reduced the problems of expression and weak sentence structure that hindered the analysis. There is heavy emphasis on describing what particular authors think, though the student’s own leanings or argument in this analysis is difficult to discern. There is no referencing provided despite the copious references to the viewpoints of different writers. To reach level 3–4 references need to be provided. Analysis is more than narrating the views of others.



Sample 1 (13-25)

Sample 5 (19/25):

Sample 9 (23/25):