Answered By: askalibrarian askalibrarian
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2016     Views: 2

Hi Kendra! 

 

Most of our academic journals are available through online databases that the library subscribes to.  On the library home page, find the "Research" menu on the left of the screen.  Select "Articles/Databases."  You will see an alphabetical list of databases.  One possible place to start is "Academic Search Complete."  This is a general-purpose database that covers a lot of topics, including history.  I recommend clicking on "Advanced Search."  You will see a screen with several search boxes.  Thinka botu some words or phrses that can be used to describe your topic, and put one concept per box.  For instance, you might put "African American history" in one box and your focused topic in another.  To try it out, I put "African american history" and "freedom schools," and found some articles that look good.

Below the search boxes, in the section headed "limited your search," you can check the box that says "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals," to get only scholarly sources.  Next, click the green "Search" button to see your results.

I hope this helps, Kendra!  Please feel free to write back or to stop by the Research Help desk in the library; now that you've used this advice to get started, we can also show you some more advanced strategies.

Best,

Alex Boyd

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