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History - HSTR 499 (History of MSUB): Database Access

Helpful resources for Dr. Rust's history classes.

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: "Eastern Montana College"

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