The History Lab

The History Lab is a resource center for undergraduate students studying, researching, and writing about the past. It is staffed by talented and experienced graduate students from the Department of History.

Through individual and group tutoring, the Lab focuses on honing students’ abilities to form suitable topics, conduct research, develop arguments and thesis statements, cite evidence properly, and write using an effective process. The Lab is equipped also to support challenges faced by English-language learners.

The History Lab is located in 4255 Humanities. The easiest way to find it is to enter set of doors on the right as you approach the building through the N. Park Street parking lot. Take the stairs or elevator up to the Fourth Floor and go through the doors on the left and down that hallway. You’ll find the lab just as you round the corner at the end of that hallway.

View map to The History Lab (pdf)

Let us help you with your paper or research project, no matter your stage in the process. From developing a topic and drafting a thesis, to revising and fine-tuning your citations, our staff will help you become a sharp, analytical thinker with strong communication skills.

Make an appointment with a Writing Consultant

For a one-on-one consultation, select the consultant name and time slot for an appointment that works best for you.

  • Limit: One appointment per week.
  • Please schedule appointments at least twenty-four hours in advance of the deadline for the assignment you wish to work on.
  • Please bring your assignment sheet, a paper copy of your essay, and any pertinent sources.

Appointment Times






Helpful Writing Guides

Helpful Writing Guides – A series of short guides that is intended to give students quick introductions to both general writing mechanics and the application of those practices in history writing specifically.

Helpful Notes

Reference/Citation Guides

  • Did you know the entire Chicago Manual of Style is offered online through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library? Click here to log in with your NetId.
  • The Writing Center offers a guide to Chicago/Turabian citation, which can be found here (pdf).
  • The History Lab also offers several helpful writing guides.

Doing research?

  • Talk to librarians at the Library Reference Desk. They know where to find many things, and if they don’t know where to find the source, they’ll help you find someone who can!
  • Check out our additional resources for a list of digitized collections and databases.