Finding Scholarly Sources: The Basics
To find books and book chapters:
• Search Tripod, the TriCo library catalog -- https://tripod.swarthmore.edu
• Look for book results on the left side. Click "More catalog results" to view additional matches.
To find journal articles:
• Try searching a subject-specific database such as America History and Life.
• Multi-subject databases such as JSTOR and Proquest can also be useful for finding articles.
Finding Scholarly Journal Articles
When searching scholarly article databases, try a variety of keywords and search strings. Here are some examples:
antislavery OR anti-slavery OR abolitionist OR emancipationist
--- finds articles that mention any of these terms
(antislavery OR anti-slavery OR abolitionist OR emancipationist) AND ("new jersey" OR "new york")
--- finds articles that match at least one of the terms in the first set of parentheses (describing the movement) *and* at least one of the terms in the second set of parentheses (describing the geographic area)
Specialized databases make it easier to find articles published in scholarly journals, and differentiate these articles from other kinds of sources. Here are links to some recommended databases for research in this course.