Academic writing within the discipline of history will primarily ask a student to participate first-hand in the historical research process, interpreting your findings to add new perspectives to an existing area of study or to answer a question about the past. Research papers are one of the most commonly used methods for presenting this information in a history course.
Your GOALS when writing a historical research paper include the following:
(retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historiography)
Essentially, historiography is the writing of history, or the writing of "the history of history" by historians. For the purposes of this course, you need to know that a historiographic essay:
There are different ways to organize sources. One basic division is between non-written artifacts (remains, buildings, coins, statues, clothing, etc.), and written documents (records, diaries, newspapers, treaties, etc.). For most courses, you will only need to understand written sources.
Among written sources, historians usually assign three levels of relevance: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. These categories take their names from the Latin for one, two or three steps removed from the original event.
Historical writing follows a general pattern; by following this structure you will increase the strength of your research.