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HIST 001N: Oil & Empire (SC)

History 001N: First Year Seminar - Oil & Empire - Fall 2013

Start here to find articles:

Scholarly databases (e.g. JSTOR) are tools for finding scholarly journal articles. These research tools will give you a smaller number of search results than Google, and it's easy to limit your results to peer-reviewed scholarly articles.

Use the button to actually get the full-text of the article (usually as a PDF). 

Sarah Elichko, the librarian for this course, can help you come up with search terms and strategies. Contact her at to make an appointment or ask a question. Or visit her office hours at the McCabe Research & Info Desk.

Search Tips

Search Tips:

  • Use the * to search for variations on your search term.

    Example: petro* will search for petroleum, petrol, petro-violence, petro-capitalism

    Works in: JSTOR, Historical Abstracts

  • Use double quotes "like this" to only search for a specific phrase. Example: "resource curse"

  • Rather than entering keywords that you think describe the topic, try to think about which words would be included in a scholarly article written on your topic and use those as your search terms.

  • To find results that are more directly relevant to your topic, try limiting your search to just words in the abstract (summary) or title.

More Resources for Finding Scholarly Articles

If you can't find scholarly articles that discuss the topic you're interested in, you can try these other resources to expand your options. Don't hesitate to contact Sarah Elichko (librarian for this course) at for help with choosing search terms and getting databases to work well.