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Undergraduate Research in History



This is a guide for Boston College's undergraduate student population in how to approach historical research.

What is a Storyboard

For videos, podcasts, or essays, it's a good idea to plan our your project in advance. For an essay, you want to identity your argument and consider what you need to explain to your readers to demonstrate your claims. Storyboarding for a visual project--including video or interactive digital work--involves similar base components, but adds in a visual element to your planning. 


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    Basic Steps

    There are many ways to break down the the process of storyboarding. The basic components include:

    • Create a base outline by identifying your argument and points needed to support that claim. 
    • Breakdown your outline into a timeline.
    • Sketch (or use a storyboarding program) your planned scenes/visuals.
    • Add in dialog with your argument and explanations of how your visuals support your claims.

    The storyboarding process is about planning and thinking through your argument - but remember to be flexible. It's normal to tweak and fine-tune your work as you put together the project. 

    Link to youtube video "what is a storyboard"

    Link to short ACMI Education's 2 minute 2020 YouTube Video "What is a Storyboard?"

    Programs (Free)

    Additional Guides on How to Storyboard