Search tips for History and Catholic Culture
The main databases for history are America, History and Life, Historical Abstracts and ITER, found from the library home page-click on Journal/Magazine articles-click on History- click on the one you wish.
The main databases for Catholic information are CPLI and Religion and Philosophy (via EBSCO) and ATLA (via OhioLINK)- click on Journal/Magazine articles-click on Theology-click on the one you wish.
You may search by words anywhere (a keyword approach) title, author, subject. I suggest that you use keyword-at least at first.
Subject headings should be used only after finding the appropriate one to use. You can never be sure as to the exact subject heading in use until you have some experience with the database.
After using keywords, you may find a subject heading that is useful for your search. These subject headings are in the blue print under the citations for the articles and you can click on them to bring up those citations.
The citations in the database that discuss books can link directly to the catalog using find a copy. If you wish to order the book via interlibrary loan, you may do it while searching. (this feature may not be available from older articles).
Limits are available-language, publication type (book, journal article, book review, etc.), publication year. The default setting for this database loads recent articles first.
Please note-the database does cover publications in languages other than English, so proceed carefully. Using the limit function, you can select English as the language that you wish to use.
There is FULL TEXT MATERIAL in this database. There are LINKS from this database to the text (use find a copy) and you may look in the Francat for subscription information (do we get the journal?) and use our own copy.
Please be aware that ILL (interlibrary loan) involves a delivery process. Books and articles take 3-5 days at least. To ILL an article, please print a citation from the database and attach the pink ILL form. On the form, please print your name, address, telno and if you wish to pay for an article. MOST articles are free-we only charge if the responding library charges us.
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