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HIST 3372 / HIST 5380: Historiography

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This guide is intended to help you begin research in historiography: the writing of history; the history of history as a field of study; the study of a body of historical works written on a specific topic; the study of historical interpretations.

"Historiography is concerned with historical interpretations and representations of the past - put another way, the writing of history as opposed to history itself."

Source: "Historiography." The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods. Ed. Lisa M. Given. Vol. 1. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2008. 399-400. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 13 Mar. 2013.  

Historiography is "how historians' interpretations of it have developed and changed. Who has written what on the topic? When? ... How have they framed the topic and the question...? How has each secondary source used and taken account of (or taken issue with) previous sources? What different schools of thought on the topic/question exist?"

Source: Williams, Robert C. The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History. Second ed. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2007, p. 53.


This guide is not comprehensive; it does not list all of the resources on this topic or in related disciplines owned by the Library or available on the Internet. This guide serves merely as a starting point for research.

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