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The Nature of Health in the United States and the World, Hist 3180/ENVS 3980: History-secondaries

Selected Sources for Secondary Sources

  • Others on our list of Databases such as ERIC, PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts.

How to find historiographies

Historiographies are published more commonly as article-length than as book-length works. Generally, use broader search terms when searching for books.

  • Some scholarly articles available through America: History and Life (for U.S. and Canada) and Historical Abstracts (elsewhere) are historiographical in nature. Consider ANDing in the word historiography (which is a subject), e.g.
       park* AND historiography
    Broaden out the search by ORing in "review essay":
       park* AND (historiography OR "review essay")
  • The following journals frequently include historiographies. They are indexed in AHL and HA.
    • "History Compass publishes peer-reviewed articles on the most important research and thinking across the entire discipline, with no restrictions in terms of geography, time period or historical methodology."
    • Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature
    • Reviews in American History. "Each issue presents in-depth reviews of more than twenty of the newest books in American history. Retrospective essays examining landmark works by major historians are also regularly featured."
    • History & Theory
  • Book reviews can be historiographical in nature. To find them, do an advanced search in America: History and Life or Historical Abstracts, limiting to Document Type > Book Review. In AHL, also do a separate search, limiting to Publication Type > Review.
  • Dissertators are expected to do thorough literature reviews. The lit reviews of some dissertations in history qualify as historiographies. Search for dissertations in Dissertations and Theses Full Text.
  • Some reference sources in the series "Oxford Handbook", "Oxford Bibliographies", "Cambridge Companion", "Blackwell Companions", etc. may include historiographies. Example: The Oxford handbook of environmental history. Search for them in CBBcat including one of the series titles, e.g.
       environment* AND "Oxford Handbook"
  • Search in CBBcat and WorldCat, including the word historiography. You may need to use more general search terms, e.g.
       environment* AND historiography

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