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History - HSTA 309: The Atlantic World 1492-1763: Finding Articles

Handy research guide to assist students in Dr. Rust's HSTA 309 class.

Database Searching Tips

The MSUB Library subscribes to over 100 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 & Password.

Spend some time brainstorming keywords & search terms to improve your search results. When you find a good article, look at its Reference list or Works Cited page because these 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"


JSTOR Tutorial - Search Tips!

View this 5 minute tutorial by the Library Man to learn some JSTOR searching tips!

More Library Databases

Use the drop down box below to search any of the library's history databases: