Journal articles provide in depth scholarly information. They are vetted and improved by peer review. They are usually fairly short in length and focused on discussing one specific issue. The following indexes are good places to find journal articles about history. See the Search Tips tab for examples of ways to develop terminology and construct search statements.
When searching for a topic of interest ("great leap forward" OR "long march"), look for articles from the recommended journals in the two boxes immediately below. In most cases you have full access to all issues of these key journals
When you find an article of interest, if the full text is not immediately available, use the Find It button to check for Haverford or Bryn Mawr holdings.
When selecting articles and analyzing them critically, see the prompts below in the box, Using Journal Articles Critically.
These indexes are particularly good for accessing the scholarly literature of specific disciplines, i.e., articles written by historians, Asian studies scholars, and art historians.
Usually researchers find more sources by looking at the footnotes in an article or book, but these will always be older than the publication you have in hand.
Citation indexes like the Web of Science (which includes sections for the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Science) are set up to search for sources cited in the footnotes of journal articles as soon as they become available.
This allows you to find newer articles which cite the books and articles you already know are key for your topic. By relying on connections between authors rather than subject words and by moving forward in time, citation searching can open up new avenues of research.
See this tutorial for more information on cited reference searching.