Sources and Strategies for Historiographic Research
HIS 491: Historiographic Research: Sources and Strategies for Historiographic Research
Your job is to find important books and journal articles that represent the evolution of historical study on your topic. This means your bilbliography should include a mix of older and newer sources, as well as various schools of thought and historical approaches.
How do we determine what sources are important? Find what historians say are the most important sources!
Historiographymay be a useful keyword to include in your search.
Try out the technique shown above in these databases:
The leading resource for researching world history (excluding the United States and Canada, use: America: History & Life) from 1450 to the present. Includes: military history, womens history, history of education, and much more. (EBSCO)
OneSearch combines most of the library's resources into a single database. Rather than search databases separately, you can do just "one search." OneSearch includes articles, books, ebooks, and more. (EBSCO)
Other Tools for Determining the Importance of a Source
Historian-authored book reviews may help you determine a book's impact and the author's point of view, as well as point you to major works on the topic.
Enter the title of a book or journal you've located on your topic and use Google Scholar to determine its impact and to link to other sources. Enter the book (or article) title and, if necessary, the author's last name. Locate the source in the results and click "Cited by?".
Provides biographical, bibliographical, and critical content on authors from all time periods, in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism, and more. For literary research, this is the place to begin! (Gale)
Literature Resource Center includes most, but not all, of: Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, the Dictionary of Literary Biography, and other selected Gale literary resources. Gale Literary Index is a master index to every literary series published by Gale in print--including some series not included in LRC. This index is helpful if you have access to the print versions of the Gale resources.
Find biographical information on people throughout history, from around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Information comes from a number of reference resources and journals. (Gale)
Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing by Kelly Boyd (Editor)
Call Number: D14 .E53 1999 2nd Floor
Publication Date: 1999-02-01
Published in 1999, so use only for historians writing before that date.
Wikipedia or Google?
Yes, you can find basic biographical information about historians on the Web. If you use Wikipedia, be sure to follow the References and External Links (for example).