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HIST 150: History Through Objects: The Atlantic World

Assessing an Article

Look at this article I found in Historical Abstracts, the main database for finding peer reviewed articles on European History. 

Questions to consider:

  • What is the Topic?
  • What is the Argument?
  • What are the sources?
  • How does it challenge existing publications on the topic?
  • Who is the author?
  • Where & when was this published?


Every peer reviewed article should have an author, title, publication date, topic, argument, sources, and historiographical argument [how it fits into the wider field].  You could summarize an article in 2 sentences if you wanted:

In the year article/book "Title," Author studies Topic, arguing Thesis. Using Sources/methodology, Author challenges existing literature by unique aspect of work.