Internal Assessment Resources

General Info and Requirements

Essay Writing Strategies — This site has some great writing/editing tips - especially for counterarguments and editing.

IA Historical Investigation: Template  — Use this template to help write your IA. You can make a copy in Google Docs to do it digitally or print it out.  

Internal Assessment Hints — Helpful tips. 

Examples of IAs from IB - Look at these example IAs and the scores they got. This might give you an idea on how to set yours up. 

Active History - A helpful website offering resources for the IA.

Topic and Research question

Potential Topics - Here are some ideas for general topics if you don't know what you want to research.

Key Historical Concepts - Use this to help write your research question. 

Research Question Templates - Easy to use models to base your question on

Writing Research Questions - A template to help you craft an ideal research question

Developing a Research Question — Watch this video to help you with developing a research question.

Samples of Past IA Research Questions — Note - Some of these are bad examples. Use this site for general ideas, not to copy from.

Thesis and Arguments — An in depth look at what to include in your thesis statement. Use this site. 

Section 1 - Video all about it!

Section 2 - Video explaining how to do it!

Section 3 - Video all about it!

Writing Historiographic Essays - Read this to help you write your essay. 


PN Library Website — Link to the Library's databases. Make sure you have your password sheet to access the various websites.

Formatting and Style

Chicago Manual of Style — This explains how to cite things properly and how to make footnotes. Read it and use it!

Chicago Manual of Style - From Purdue OWL. This is an intro. 

Chicago Style Screencast - Mrs. Miller explains footnotes and citations. 

Chicago Style Quick Guide - Document with some quick ways to get started. 

Another Chicago Style Guide

Yet Another Chicago Style Guide

More Chicago Style

Even More on Chicago Style

IA Formatting - Google doc that has guidelines you need to use