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What is a historiography?

A historiography is a summary and review of historians’ approaches to a particular historical topic.  It is a history of the study of history.

Historiographies are useful to help researchers get an overview of what has been written on their topic so far, as well as the approaches that other historians have taken.

Historiographies can be useful sources to consult to inspire a research question, to situate your research in existing scholarship, and to find thorough bibliographies with sources that will help you in your own research.

Databases to Search for Historiographies

How to Search for Historiographies within UW

Search UW Libraries Search (see search box above) for either of these examples and see the results below:

  • Example 1: Holocaust and historiography
  • Example 2: religion and historiography