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Resources for Research + Scholarship in History

Designing Research Pathways for History

How do historians work? 
What methods are used in historical scholarship?
How do you find historiographies that are relevant to your research? 


Explore the resources below for guidance on creating and implementing a research pathway: 

Research Methods

Reference Sources

Historical Research Methods

From visiting archives to transcribing oral histories, research methods in historical scholarship vary widely depending on theme, geographic context, time period, and more. Explore these resources on research methods to identify an approach that works for you

Reference Works in History

Reference works, also called tertiary sources, gather, index, abstract, organize, compile, or digest other sources. Some examples of reference works include textbooks, dictionaries and encyclopedias, manuals and guidebooks, almanacs, indexes, and bibliographies.

Explore this curated list of reference works to learn more about trends and themes in historical scholarship and to identify key resources related to your research areas. 

How Historians Work, Doing History podcast

How Historians Work series • 
This series focuses on how scholars frame historical problems; research in different kinds of archives; analyze primary materials including text, objects, and images; synthesize and critically engage secondary literature; present their work for collaborative feedback; and work with editors and publishers.
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Episode 3: How Historians Research with Jennifer L. Morgan

In this episode, we investigate how historians research history by exploring the experiences of 17th- and 18th-century enslaved African and African American women. Our guide for this exploration is Jennifer L. Morgan, a Professor of History and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.