At a Glance


Virginia Tech’s short video shows how to analyze primary sources and put them in context.

SCIM-C: Historical Source Analysis

In this short video, created by the Historical Inquiry project at Virginia Tech, Education Professor David Hicks describes the five steps of SCIM-C, a model for analyzing historical sources and placing them within a historical narrative. The steps ask students to:

  • Summarize
  • Contextualize
  • Infer
  • Monitor, and
  • Corroborate

For a more detailed explanation of the SCIM-C method, check out this section of Historical Inquiry: Scaffolding Wise Practices in the History Classroom.