Search tips for HistoryThe main databases for history are America, History and Life, Historical Abstracts and ITER, found from the library home page-click on Find articles by subject-click on History-click on the one you wish.
Please note- America, History and Life deals with the history of North America only! Historical Abstracts deals with Europe, Asia, etc. from 1450 to the present. ITER deals with the Middles Ages and Renaissance and has very few links to full text. Academic Search Complete has thousands of full text journals but it covers many academic disciplines. Feel free to search it for history articles.
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 databases do 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 both His. Abstracts and America, His. And Life. There are LINKS from these databases to the text (use find a copy) and you may look in the JPII catalog 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.
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