The historical background or historical overview as some would tag it, is very typical of undergraduate research projects and ofcourse constitutes one of the major parts of research documentation just after the preliminary pages. It covers summary of underlying situations, issues and factors surrounding the research project topics while also citing several cases and instance to demonstrate the need to embark on a research.
However, not too many undergraduates understand what should and what should not be included in a historical overview of students research project.
Historical overview is an avenue in a research where major and minor issues influencing the research are cited, identified and discussed briefly while also citing various researches and documented records of these circumstances or events. While putting your project topic into it, students are expected to define the significance and implication of these situations on the research project topic they are researching on.
So to structurally write a historical overview ensure to;
Research is very unpredictable; a statistical error is enough to alter the research final outcome. Ensure not to sound too confident in your research overview so that your research outcome does not question your initial speculation.