AP US History: Historiography Project

About the historiographic essay

  • How to write a historiography (includes examples; from Trent University, Ontario)
  • What is historiography? (includes a sample historiographic essay; from History Department at Queens College, New York)
  • What is historiography? (a YouTube video discussion on the distinction between history and historiography by Mark D. Bowles, Professor of History at American Public University System)


The Library's RhinoCAT is an automated catalog of books, DVDs, and other library materials. RhinoCAT is available from any browser at http://taft.bywatersolutions.com. It is also accessible from your TaftNet homepage. A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits. TIP: When you identify a book in RhinoCAT that sounds useful, find it on the shelf and BROWSE books on either side of it to find additional books for your research project.

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  • American History Now / Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr, editors. E175 .A454 2011eb
  • A century of American historiography / James M. Banner, editor. E175 .C46 2010
  • A Companion to 19th-Century America / William L. Barney. E338 .C85 2001
  • A Companion to 20th-Century America / Stephen J. Whitfield. E178.6 .C65 2004eb
  • History in the making: an absorbing look at how American history has changed in the telling over the last 200 years / Kyle Ward. E175.85 .W37 2006
  • Interpretations of American History, Volume 2: From Reconstruction: Patterns & Perspectives / Francis G. Couvares and Martha Saxton, editors. E178.6 .I53 2009
  • Lies my teacher told me: everything your American history textbook got wrong / James W. Loewen. E175.85 .L64 2007
  • Not Written in Stone: Learning and Unlearning American History Through 200 Years of Textbooks / Kyle Roy Ward. E175.85 .W373 2010
  • Opposing Viewpoints in American History, Vol II: From Reconstruction to the Present V2 / William Dudley. E173 .O7 1996
  • Taking sides: Clashing views in United States history, Vol. 2: Reconstruction to the present / Larry Madaras and James M. SoRelle. E178.6 .T35 2014 v.2

Encyclopedias and Reference Books/eBooks

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Academic OneFile Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from leading journals and reference sources (under document type, limit to book review)
  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco) Full text access to thousands of journals in all disciplines. Coverage is primarily last 20-25 years (under document type, limit to book review)
  • JSTOR Extensive backfiles of scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and sciences, many dating back to the 19th century (Under Item Type, limit to Reviews. Under Journal Filter/Narrow by discipline and/or journal, you can limit to the discipline your specific topic falls into, e.g. African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Feminist & Women's Studies, History, etc)
  • New York Times 1851-2008 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) Graphical interface and full-text coverage back to the first issue in 1851(Choose "review" as article type in Graphical interface. In Traditional Interface, choose Advanced Search and under Document type, limit to Review)
  • New York Times 1980-current (ProQuest) Traditional interface and full-text coverage (FT coverage of NYT Magazine and the NYT Book Review begins 1997) (Choose Advanced Search and under Document type, limit to Review)
  • You can research the historiography of a specific topic. For example, search in Academic Search Complete for historiography of the reconstruction era using the terms historiograph* AND United States AND reconstruction (the asterisk* signals the database to return results containing historiographic, historiographical and historiography)


You can search for a book review using the author's name and the title of the book. For example, search JSTOR for reviews of Kenneth Stampp's 1965 book, The era of reconstruction, 1865-1877.


See Finding and Evaluating Websites for hints on how to locate quality websites.

Using Google effectively to find historiography web pages: your topic area AND "united states" AND historiography

For example: immigration AND "united states" AND historiograph* (the asterisk* signals to the search engine to return results containing historiographic, historiographical and historiography)