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HIST 4016: Europe in the 19th Century: Home

This guide will help you with your synthetic review and introduce you to resources for historiography.

Finding Example Historiographies

You may find it useful to look at other historiographies on your topic, both to get ideas of how to structure your essay and to get ideas of books you might look for.

You can search the catalog using the search strategy: topic AND historiography (for example, Britain and historiography). For other historiographies, check out one of the publications below, which specifically publish essays and books of historiography.

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Search Strategies

  • When using the catalog, select "Electronic Resources" under the Format tab and click Include to limit to ebooks.
  • When searching most databases, you are doing a keyword search by default. To get a more specific search, search by subject (usually a drop down option next to the search bar). Subjects describe what the whole book is about, not just for a word mentioned once offhand. For example, a subject search might be nineteenth century or working class--Great Britian--history--nineteenth century. Not sure what words to use for a subject? You can search for all subjects here: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Most databases have publication date filters. If you're looking for that one book from the 1960s-1990s or your more modern book, you can narrow down the date range to just books published in certain years. This filter is usually on the lefthand side of your results.Publication date range filter in JSTOR for 1960 to 1990
  • Historiography can be a very useful keyword or subject term to use in your search.
  • Many dissertations and theses in history begin with a review of the previous literature written on the topic, so it may be helpful to search Proquest Dissertations & Thesis AI for those written on your topic. Note: select the Full Text button when you search to access only full publications.
  • Having a hard time figuring out the point of a particular book? See if there's a book review written on the topic. Search Discovery with the title and review to see how other historians discuss the author's thesis.
  • It may be useful to look for books that are considered influential and impactful in historiographical scholarship. Aside from asking your professor who the top scholar is in that area or which books you might consider reading, Google Scholar can be a useful way to determine if a book is highly cited. Once you've found a book, search for the title in Google Scholar. Under the title is a Cited By count. That tells you how many other authors referenced that book in their own works. High number? High impact. Clicking on that Cited By count is also a good way to find more recent books on the topic!
    Cited by count highlighted for a Google Scholar result

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