Historiographical Paper Information from Dr. D. Neal, Department of History, Nipissing University
A historiographical paper is not a research paper. It critically examines existing scholarship relevant to a given subject. A good historiographical paper does this by:
comparing scholarship with respect to theoretical approach, use of evidence, and argument;
indicating what aspects of the topic remain unaddressed, and suggesting reasons why. This is where you can make your own carefully chosen and sensibly limited comments.
Note: a review should be based on a survey of at least 10 secondary sources. These may be journal articles, essays in books, or monographs. More is not necessarily better.
Make sure you use a consistent and correct bibliographic citation format.
Here is another definition of a historiographical paper:
A historiography paper is an essay that analyses the different ways in which various historians have approached a historical topic. Unlike a research paper, a historiography paper is not a study of a historical subject; instead, it is an examination of how scholars’ interpretations of history and historical events have changed over time. A historiography paper should give a detailed overview of the major works of scholarship on a topic, and it should summarize, evaluate, and critique the arguments of each of those works.
Here are a few sources you might check to help you understand this kind of paper: