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History - Gender, War & Film: Europe 1648-1945: Databases

Research guide for History 473.

Database Searching Tips

The MSUB Library subscribes to many databases which contain thousands of full-text articles. When accessing these databases from off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your MSUB NetID and password. Different databases have different appearances and user interfaces.  In general, most offer similar search functionality.


Spend some time brainstorming keywords & search terms to improve your search results. When you find a good article, look at its Reference or Works Cited list because this can often lead you to other good sources.


Keyword searching is the default in most databases.

  • Use important nouns as search words
  • Try using synonyms of your search words to increase results
  • Avoid common words: "a," "an," "the," "to," "of," etc.
  • Use double quotations around search terms to search for an exact phrase. Example: "Korean War"