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HIS 420: Historiography: Historiography & Secondary Sources

Historiographical Essay Assignment

Assignment Summary:

A historiographical essay analyzes how several different historians have approached the same topic.   Your job is to survey of historical literature in order to  discern where your capstone research will contribute to historical knowledge.  You must analyze seven to ten secondary sources on your topic.  For complete assignment details, see the attached Word document below.

Important Dates to Remember:

Essay Draft:  Due at 11:55 p.m. on April 2

Final Essay: Due at 6:30 p.m. on April 24


Suggested Titles...

E-Reference Resources

For those that might need to look at broader context to further refine a topic, the following e-reference resources will help you to better define terms and drill into your ideas.

*Hint: In would not be a good idea to cite information found using these online reference sources in your Historiography essay!

WISE Search

You can search WISE for secondary sources on any topic - our library has an extensive collection, and you can also use WISE to search other libraries for relevant material (which you can then request through Interlibrary Loan).  It's a great place to start your research for any assignment.  For tips and tricks for using WISE, visit our WISE help page.

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Finding Scholarly Secondary Sources

The following indexes and databases are suggested for historical research.  HOWEVER, there may be other relevant or useful information in other resources depending on your topic.  See our full list, or talk to a librarian for more information.

Finding Book Reviews

If you are searching specifically for book reviews, check out the advanced search options the the following databases.  You can limit your results by type, so that you will see ONLY book reviews in your list of search results.

Use the title of the book and the name of the author as your keywords.