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History - HSTR 365: History of the Ancient Near East: Find Articles

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 credentials. (If you don't know your Library password, you can change it here.) 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: "Old Testament"


Need Scholarly Articles?

One way to find out if a journal is academic, scholarly, or refereed is to look up the journal name in Ulrich's Online.  Also, when searching the Library's databases, limit your search to "scholarly" or "peer reviewed" journals.


Use these databases to find articles on your topic.


General Databases:

Searches can be limited to scholarly and peer-reviewed journals in most databases.

Subject Specific Databases:





Link to: More Databases (arranged alphabetically)