I very strongly suggest using our specialized US history database to find articles for this class.
This database is designed specifically for Historical research, and indexes all the major history journals.
Unlike GoogleScholar, it can also be used to only find high-quality peer reviewed articles.
Just as Important: our databases are designed to help you:
Say I'm interested in American women's colleges in the 19th century. A search might be:
Women AND (American OR "united states") AND (nineteenth or 19th) AND college* OR "higher education")
BUT Using a history database, we don't need most of those terms.
Be sure to use Caps for AND, OR, NOT when searching.
AND - searches for books and articles containing both terms. Example: Schools AND Education
OR - searches for one of the words. Example: schools OR academies
NOT - exclude a term. Example: Universities NOT academies
Parenthetical notes () - excellent for OR or NOT searches. Like a math equation, the database will do this part first.
Example: (schools OR academies) AND women = search for schools and academies for women
Example: (universities NOT academies) AND women = search for women's universities, excluding women's academies
Quotation Marks ""- Links words together in the search. Works best for phrases or proper names.
Example: "higher education"
Example: "West Virginia"
Warning: You might exclude results. A search for "Captain Smith" will exclude all results for "Captaine Smith," which was the original spelling. "College of William & Mary" will exclude when it's just called "William & Mary"
Asterisk * - Allows you to search several word endings at once, without using OR.
Example: Virginia* will give you results for Virginia, Virginian, Virginians.
Example: wom* will cover women, woman, womens, womanhood.
Example: Brit* will give you British, Britain, Brits.
Warning: You may get unexpected results. Brit* will also yield Brittany, Britons, and Britches. Virginia* will bring up articles on the Virginia opossum. Wom* will include wombat.
1) Example questions:
2) Identify key terms. NOTE: the databases do best with nouns. Verbs & abstract ideas, however, are difficult for the database.
3) Consider synonyms.
4) Create search phrases (use the synonyms that sound the most formal)
5) Look at the search results. Pay attention to subject headings, keywords being used by others. Refine your search.