Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography
Whose History Counts : Decolonising African Pre-Colonial Historiography
Indigenous Self-Determination in Australia : Histories and Historiography
The Debate on the English Reformation : Second Edition
Big and Little Histories : Sizing up Ethics in Historiography
Haunted Historiographies : The Rhetoric of Ideology in Postcolonial Irish Fiction
A Companion to Enlightenment Historiography
The Cold War : Historiography, Memory, Representation
Exploring the Archives : A Beginner's Guide for Qualitative Researchers
Out of the Closet, into the Archives : Researching Sexual Histories

General Information about Historiography

"Historiography is concerned with historical interpretations and representations of the past—put another way, the writing of history as opposed to history itself" and  "involves consideration of the broader cultural, social, economic, and political forces that shape historical writers and their writing" (The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods).

General Considerations

  • Who are the major historians for your topic?
  • How can these historians be organized into schools of approach or methodology?
  • How has the historiography of your topic evolved over time?
  • How did the various historians explore the topic through a political, social, or economic lens?


Example searches:

  • historiography AND Australia
  • historians AND "Slave Trade"
  • “historiographical-evolution” AND Aztecs
  • "school of thought" AND "Civil War"
  • Other terms: "historical schools", interpretations, "historical writing", "historical account"
  • Additionally, conduct searches on the topic (e.g., "French Revolution").
    • Note the works cited in the bibliography.
    • Explore scholarly book reviews during different time periods for books on the topic.

Selected Journals

Article Databases: Ranked by Relevance
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Example searches:

  • historiography AND  "French Revolution"
  • historians AND  "Mao Zedong"