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History: Secondary Sources

Resources for students of History.

Finding Journal Articles

Search for journal articles and more using these suggested databases. If you aren't finding what you need for your assignment, make an appointment with me or stop by the reference desk for further assistance. LBIS provides access to over 200 research databases.

The CONSORT and OhioLINK catalogs do not contain information about individual articles published in journals. However, if you have a citation to a journal article--the author's name, the title of the article, the title of the journal, and the date or volume/issue number--you can search by journal title to determine if the library has the journal in print, electronically, or in microfilm. If we don't have the journal at Kenyon, simply fill out an Interlibrary loan request form. 

To search for articles on your topic, use an index or database. In many cases, you can get the full text of the article by following a link from the database. If you're searching in an index without links to full-text articles, you'll need to search by journal title in CONSORT as described in the above paragraph. 

Search Tips:

  • Come up with good keywords: Consider synonyms, alternate spellings, and other similar ways to find terms related to your topic.
  • Look for subject headings: Most databases will include their own subject headings. When you find a relevant article, click on subject (heading), or refine your search to include both a subject (heading) and keywords, to find similar articles.
  • Set reasonable limits: Be careful not to set too many limits, especially if you are just beginning your research. Extremely narrow search will rarely lead you to the "perfect article."
  • Use bibliographies: If you do find the perfect article (or essay in a reference work, or a relevant book on your topic) check out the bibliography, and then search for some of these resources.

The following History-specific and general indexes are great places to begin searching for articles.

Getting Started

Reference sources can help you to begin your research and guide you in your approach to a new topic. Encyclopedias and biographical dictionaries can help you to learn more about a topic or a person, and to place them in wider historical and cultural contexts. Browse reference materials in the Reference section, on the second floor of Chalmers near Helpline. You can also search for online sources using the Advanced Search screen in CONSORT, by limiting the location to KEN Reference.

History and Humanities-Related Databases

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