Welcome to the Library’s historiography guide. Research for historiography projects can be challenging and this guide will assist you in identifying the right mix of sources for your project.

First, let’s be clear about what historiography is. It is the study of historical writing NOT the study of historical events. As such it deals with the theoretical approaches and methods of a selected set of historians. Historiographies describe and assess defined facets of the body of historical scholarship and are to a certain extent the historian's version of a literature review. However, the historiographical essay is more than just a compilation of the existing scholarly literature; it presents a new argument supported by the skillful selection and interpretation of secondary works.

To gain a better understanding of what a well written historiographical essay looks like, browse the selection of exemplary historiographies recommended by Villanova history faculty below or use the link to exemplary historiographies on the left.


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