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Database Searching Tips
The MSUB Library subscribes to many databases, which contain thousands of full-text articles. When accessing these databases from off-campus, log-in with your NetID & password. Different databases have different appearances and user interfaces. In general, most off 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 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: "French Revolution"
Use these databases to find articles on your topic. Searches can be limited to scholarly and peer-reviewed journals in most databases.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text
Full-text database covering world history (excluding the United States and Canada) from the 15th century to the present. It includes hundreds of history journals and books, plus useful features such as the ability to search by time period.
British Periodicals 1680s - 1930s
Contains 500 periodicals published from the 1680s to the 1930s. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences.
Corvey Collection of European Literature, 1790-1840
Part of the Nineteenth Century Collections Online. Includes 9,000+ titles including a wide range of Romantic literature published in English, French, and German.
Early American Newspapers (Series 1, 2, 6 & 10)
Hundreds of early American Newspapers, covering colonial Period through WWI (1690-1900).
A digital archive collection of over 600 core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences, business, basic science, life sciences, and physical and applied sciences. Often starts with the first issues (many of which date from the 1800s).
Project MUSE - Standard Collection
100% full-text, user-friendly online access to high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.
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