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Boatwright Memorial Library

FYS 100 (03-04) Devil in the Details (Winiarski): Microhistories: Library Sessions

Library Research Lab II: Finding Microhistories


  • Must be a microhistory and a monograph (not collection of essays or analysis of)

  • World History - obscure or unknown person or unusual event or place

  • Time period of subject of microhistory: 1400-1850

  • Publication date of book: 1970s-present

  • Academic or scholarly monograph by a reputable scholar (PhD, expertise in field)


1 pt. for each microhistory that fits the criteria

-1 pt. for each microhistory that does NOT fit the criteria

+3 pts. for each microhistory that is new to Dr. Winiarski

Finding Information:

LibGuides Menu

Finding Books


  • Library Catalog. Start with a keyword search or "all words."  Since some of the most common words you might search for aren't actually in the subject headings -- use terms from the subject headings if have trouble locating books. If you are looking for information on a person, you should first use that person's name in a keyword search. 
    • Many books will have information that is not evident from the information in the catalog.  To find these books, you should scan the tables of contents and indexes of books in the appropriate call number area. You can search by book Title, Author, All fields or Subject
  • Use OneSearch to locate microhistories -- microhistory and "subject of interest" or microhistory and "place or time period"
  • To expand your search to books in libraries worldwide, often available through Inter-Library Loan from other libraries, use WorldCat.


Starting Sources for Finding Microhistories


  • Articles/Texts from Class
  • Think about what you already know
  • Review Essays
  • Books about Microhistories -- Bibliographies

Head, Research & Instruction

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Carol Wittig
Religious Studies, Philosophy, Journalism, SPCS Core and Liberal Arts
FYS and SPCS KM Instructor
Rm. 179, Research & Collaborative Area
Boatwright Library
University of Richmond
261 Richmond Way
Richmond, VA 23173
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