Skip to main content

HIST 317: Visions of Mexico (HC)

History 317: Visions of Mexico (Krippner) Spring 2017

Finding Journal Articles

Journal articles and other periodical publications will provide scholarly information for you on specific aspects of Latin American and global history.  Articles are peer-reviewed prior to publication, so that authors can improve their arguments.  Also since articles are generally published on a shorter schedule than books, they can be more-up-to-date.  The following indexes are the best ways for you to identify journal articles related to your research.

Use the buttons in the indexes to locate articles available in the three colleges.  For those not owned locally, take the ILL (interlibrary loan article delivery) option.  You can also go to the Request Form directly.

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are a particularly useful resource when doing research.  They address the issues involved in a particular question and the debates among scholars.  They map out the intellectual terrain succinctly and give you the major landmarks in terms of key authors and significant titles for greater understanding. 

Tracking Citations Forward in Time

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.