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HIST 114: Origins of the Global South (HC): Journal Articles

History 114: Origins of the Global South (Krippner) Spring 2019

Finding Journal Articles

Journal articles provide in depth scholarly information on historical research.  They are vetted and improved by peer review.  The following indexes are the best ways to find journal articles about global history, art, and related topics.

Use the button in these indexes to find out if the journal articles are available in the Tri-College libraries.  If the journal is not listed in Tripod, use the Find It request form or the Article Delivery Form on Tripod to have a copy of the article emailed to you.

Multidisciplinary Indexes

Discipline-Specific Indexes

These indexes are particularly good for accessing the scholarly literature of specific disciplines, i.e., articles written by historians, religious scholars, art historians and other specialists.

How to get better results in journal databases

*  Truncation:  Shorten search words with an asterisk to get all the forms 
          colon* (to include variations including colonialism, colonies, and colonial)  

OR:  Link synonyms with OR and group them with parentheses
          (church* or architectur*)

AND: Combine topics that you want to see together
          goa* and architectur*

" " Phrase: Use quotation marks to search for words together in that order
          "art history"

Focus: Choose where the database is searching.  It may be set automatically for keyword.  You can make the search more precise by looking instead for subjects only or for title words.

Results: Look at the articles retrieved, pick the most relevant for your topic and check the search terms used in their descriptions.  You may find new concepts which you can incorporate in a second search to identify additional articles.

Literature Reviews

  • In a literature review the author writes an overview of a topic from the point of view of the research that has been done.  The author analyzes the arguments in individual books and journal articles to build a narrative about the themes that have been articulated, areas which need further investigation, and questions which do not yet have a consensus among scholars.
  • For your project, a literature review can give you a headstart on understanding your topic in much greater depth.  It also point out books and journal articles which are the most relevant and of the highest quality.
  • See the resources below for literature reviews in specific academic disciplines.