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History 4034/4934: Historiography and Research Methods: Home

Library resources that support professor Jay Lockenour's course, Historiography & Research Methods

Course Texts

The following texts have been or currently are required reading for this course. Check your syllabus to see which titles are indeed required reading for your iteration of History 4034/4934.

Click title to see bibliographic record for printed book in the Diamond catalog.

Click book jacket to view record on Amazon. Except where noted, these books are not available full-text online.


"Assessing primary sources is a key skill for historians. Students will be required to submit a 1000 word essay evaluating and comparing the utility and reliability of two primary sources relating to the Weimar Republic" (syllabus, p. 2). Click on the tabs above to find databases and other useful tools for locating primary (archival) and secondary sources housed at Temple University Libraries and at other libraries throughout the region.

The boxes on this page provide links to various military historiographies; books written to help students locate and evaluate primary sources; a video tutorial that explains how to use Temple's ILLiad system for borrowing materials from other libraries; and two databases, RefWorks and Reference Universe, that respectively help researchers easily manage their citations and find reliable background information about their topics.

Questions? Wish to schedule a research consultation? See my Contact Info in right-hand column or click on the Schedule a Consultation tab, above.

Historiography: Definition & Discussion

The term historiography defies simple definition, but at its core implies a concern for the examination of all aspects of historical scholarship, including especially the writing of history and the methods of historical research. It can also refer to a single scholarly work or body of historical literature, e.g. "the historiography of World War I". Find below links to discussions centered on military historiography.

Research Manuals

Book-length guides to locating and evaluating primary sources.

Click title to see full bibliographic record, including call #, in Diamond.

Click book jacket to view record on Amazon. Except where noted, these titles are only available in paper.

Guide Author

Rebecca Lloyd
Paley Library
Room 319


Manage your citations with RefWorks, a tool that allows researchers to easily import, export, search, and create automatically formatted bibliographies online. Citations found via searches in library databases such as JSTOR can be imported directly into RefWorks. No manual typing required. Bibliographies generated within RefWorks can then be exported into Word using any of dozens of citation formats (Chicago, Turabian, etc.).

Don't forget to check your results against the examples derived from Chicago Style in the Undergraduate History Handbook.