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11 Historical Investigation

Task description

You are to undertake an historical investigation on an individual from the list below or another key individual from 20th Century modern history in consultation with your teacher. This investigation will comprise:

A 1200 to 1500 word (not including referencing and bibliography) research essay in response to the question.

“Famous individuals in history are always the subject of debate.”

To what extent does this statement apply to the individual you have chosen?

  • You must present, compare, contrast and evaluate at least TWO different interpretations of your individual.
  • Full referencing must be used and a correctly formatted bibliography using Citemaker

Outcomes being assessed

MH11-6 analyses and interprets different types of sources for evidence to support an historical account or argument

MH11-8 plans and conducts historical investigations and presents reasoned conclusions, using relevant evidence from a range of sources

Secondary Sources: background information and recommended websites

Secondary Sources: Reference encyclopedia

Secondary sources: journal articles and ebook chapters

Secondary Sources: Academic journals or magazines 

Articles from periodicals, magazines or journals is referred to as 'Journal literature'. Journal articles provide valid, reliable and up-to-date information on your topic.

Use History Reference Source & JSTOR to find academic journal articles. 


*You'll need to access these databases on the CANVAS Library page when you're at home

State Library of NSW

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Find books and other published material in the State Library of NSW catalogue. This catalogue also includes ebooks.

New South Wales residents with a Library card or a registered NSW public library card can access these resources from anywhere, anytime. 


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  • Google Scholar is an immense database of scholarly literature
  • Search Google Scholar after you have refined your search and are looking for specific information.


Assessment details and links

Students are to choose ONE from this list to complete their investigation on.

 1 Yasser Arafat 1929 to 2000

 2 Joseph Benedict Chifley 1885–1951

 3 Herbert Evatt 1894–1965

 4 Mikhail Gorbachev 1931 to 2000

 5 Ho Chi Minh 1890–1969

 6 William Randolph Hearst 1863–1951
 7 J Edgar Hoover 1895–1972

 8 Mohammed Ali Jinnah 1876–1948

 9 Alexandra Kollontai 1873–1952

10 Nelson Mandela 1918 to 2000

11 Golda Meir 1898–1978

12 Robert Gordon Menzies 1894–1978

13 Bernard Law Montgomery 1887–1976

14 Jawaharlal Nehru 1889–1964

15 Ian Paisley 1926 to 2000

16 Eleanor Roosevelt 1884–1962

17 Achmad Sukarno 1901–1970

18 Sun Yixian (Sun Yat-sen) 1866–1925

19 Woodrow Wilson 1856–1924

20 Zhu De (Chu Teh) 1886–1976

Secondary Sources: Books

Search for books in our collection.

Use Cite this title (APA format) to copy your book to your Bibliography.



Resources at Willoughby Library

  • Use the catalogue to find books.

Primary Source Material