History & Historiography: Historiography

An introduction to researching history and historiography at PSU.

Defining Historiography

Historiography is the study of the methodology of writing history.

Historical portrait

Drusilla Dunjee Houston (1876-1941) was the first African American woman to write a multi-volume history of Africa. Her classic text, Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire, was written in part as an attempt to correct what she perceived as an inaccurate historical record of early Africans. 


The library has several journals which focus on historiography.


Several print encyclopedias (including these, some of which are located in the reference collection on the second floor of the library) offer great introductions to historians and historical debates. 

Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing
DS13 .E522 1999 | 2nd Floor

A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing
D13 .G47 1998& | 2nd Floor

Great Historians of the Modern Age: An International Dictionary
D14 .G75 1991 | 3rd Floor

History in Dispute
D20 .H543 2000 | 2nd Floor

The Routledge Companion to Historical Studies
D13 .M86 2000 | Basement


Other titles are available online:

American Historians, 1607-1865 

American Historians, 1866-1912 

The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature 

Twentieth-century American Historians

Historiographical Books

The PSU Library owns many books on historiography. The subject term historiography will help find these works. In the advanced search in the PSU Library Catalog, combine historiography as a subject with keywords that relate to your topic.

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