ICT Literacy in History

Compiled by Dr. Lesley Farmer, California State University Long Beach


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2008). Guidelines, standards, and frameworks.

Association of College & Research Libraries. (2013). Information literacy in history. 

Common Core State Standards and state content standards also refer to K-12 ICT competencies (sometimes listed as information literacy, digital literacy, media literacy, or research skills).



Key terms: history, social studies, economics, political science, historical aspects of specific subjects (e.g., art)

  • Humanities / History
  • Academic Support Services/ ICT literacy
  • Academic Support Services/Library and Information Services 




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  • Ask students to create a timeline of a school of historical thought (e.g., Marxism, Cliometics) Ask students to make a visual timeline of a country’s borders. 
  • Ask students to annotate a Google map in terms of historical landmarks. 
  • Ask students to research the origins of a custom, and compare it to other cultures. 
  • Ask students to compare propaganda: the same cause using different primary sources (e.g., World War I posters, pamphlets, advertisements, speeches, music, film), and then compare propaganda for the same cause by different countries (e.g., Germany, United States, United Kingdom). 
  • Ask students to compare different periodicals’ perspective on a historical event. 
  • Ask students to trace changing perspectives about a controversial event (e.g., Vietnam War) through one newspaper (e.g., Wall Street Journal) or magazine (e.g., Time). Then ask students to compare different periodicals’ changing viewpoint over time. This activity could be visualized as a timeline with degrees of positive or negative attitudes on the Y axis. 
  • Ask students to create a virtual museum of artifacts for a specific aspect of history (e.g., ethnic group, event, gender roles). 
  • Ask students to research the history of intellectual property law (both copyright and patents/trademarks) in different countries. 
  • Ask students to interview personnel in different jobs related to a history major. 
  • Ask students to research the same historical topic in two database aggregators (e.g., America: History and Life, Historical Abstracts, JSTOR), and compare the process and results. 
  • Ask students to compare history-related database aggregators (e.g., American Periodicals, Brepolis Medieval Bibliographies, Dissertations and Theses, Handbook of Latin American Studies, L’Annee Philologique, Times Digital Archive) in terms of content, scope, process. 
  • Ask students to analyze and compare film depictions of a historical time period or event (e.g., movies about the French Revolution). 
  • Ask students to research the impact of technology on an aspect of history (e.g., warfare, elections). 
  • Ask students to create an infographic about a topic in history. 
  • Ask students to analyze paintings of historical figures, and their figurative/symbolism connotations (e.g., size, stance, angle, clothing, use of color, “props”, background). 
  • Ask students to create a virtual museum exhibit about an aspect of fashion history. 
  • Ask students to investigate different perspective about an historical event using primary sources (e.g., the Library of Congress’s American Memory collections:
  • Ask students to research immigrant experiences using primary sources (e.g., the Library of Congress American Memory collections at
  • Ask students to role-play different leaders during a summit (e.g., reinact the summit at Yalta, simulate a Middle East peace summit). 
  • Ask students to create a propaganda speech for an historical event (e.g., election of Caesar as a military tribune). 
  • Ask students to research the history of coinage for a geopolitical region, and note how it reflects and impacts socio-economic-political trends. 
  • Ask students to research the history of fashion as it reflects socio-economic trends. 
  • Ask students to create migration maps that show patterns over time (e.g,. Cambodians, Indians). 
  • Ask students to research the impact of communication channels (e.g., bards, hieroglyphics, papyrus, printing, typewriter, paperbacks, radio, television, film, Internet) on history. McLuhan is a good first resource. 
  • Ask students to research the impact of historic educational systems (e.g., Socratic, Latin grammar schools, boarding schools) reflected and impacted politics. 
  • Ask students to compare different types of education within the same historical period and geopolitical region (e.g., monasteries, apprenticeships, chivalric education, royal tutors); compare educational systems across cultures for the same historic period. 
  • Ask students to compare gender roles across cultures for the same historical period, or within cultures across historic periods. 
  • Ask students to research how scientific and medical discoveries and practices impacted socio-economic-political trends over time. 
  • Ask students to research how diseases impacted socio-economic-political trends over time. 
  • Ask students to research how natural disasters and climate changes impacted socio-economic-political trends over time.