History Skills for NCEA Level 1 is a workbook that will help you develop the same set of skills and tools used by historians to make sense of the past. The first of these involves finding and assessing the usefulness and reliability of information from both primary and secondary sources. The second set of skills will be those used to analyse primary sources to extract meaning, both of what there is in a source and what is missing from the source(s). It is thus as important for the historian to recognise gaps in the evidence as it is to analyse the available material. The third and final set of skills involves communicating the ideas gained from the analysis of the evidence in the form of a convincing historical argument, backed with plenty of relevant evidence. The most common form for doing this is through an essay.