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History 2TT3 - Summer 2020

Why Use Articles?

Articles are a great resource to use when you need to find a more current perspective on your topic. They are useful as articles commonly focus on one aspect of a broader subject and as a result are more specialized in topic.

Searching Databases

The goal of a successful search is to retrieve all of the information relevant to a research question without retrieving irrelevant information. This requires creating an effective search string.

1. Identify main concepts from the research question.

2. Brainstorm alternative words and phrases.

3. Create search strings using Boolean Operators.

Search your database using the search strings you have created. Remember to also use limiters such as geographic location and publication date to further tailor your search.

infographic showing boolean operators and modifiers

There are so many databases to choose from! This video outlines how to decide which you should use.(2:20)

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Try these databases:

Or find the complete listing of our History databases here.

Finding Articles

infographic depicting how to find articles

You need journal articles for your essay? Watch this video to learn how to access them online. (5:07)

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infographic depicting how to read scholarly articles quickly and easily

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