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Gender and International Relations

To find journal articles

Use a database to find journal articles on your topic. Key databases for History are listed below.

Keyword search examples

Example topic:  Discuss the role that the peasants played in the French Revolution.

french revolution and peasant*

1. What are the most important ideas in your topic? Brainstorm keywords. Look for synonyms, word variations, more specific words or examples, or broader terms.

french revolution      

peasants, peasant, peasantry, rural, agrarian

2. Put your keywords together in a search string:

peasants and french revolution

peasant* and french revolution

land reform and french revolution

3. * (asterisk) finds different word endings (the symbol may vary from database to database)

peasant* finds peasant or peasants

feudal* finds feudal, or feudalism

4. and focuses your search by finding articles with both terms in the record, e.g., peasants and french revolution

Advanced keyword searching

Example topic:  Discuss the role that the peasants played in the French Revolution.

french revolution and (peasant* or rural or agrarian)

or finds alternative words

french revolution and (peasant* or rural or agrarian)

Focusing your results

You can use Historical Abstracts options to focus on scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, English or another language, or the time the article was published.

select 'Academic article' and 'English'

Get the journal

To access an article from a citation in a database:

  • If you see a [fulltext] link, select it.
  • If you see a Get!it button or SFX button, select it. This will link to the article online, if we have it. If we don't have it online, it will search the library catalogue for you to tell you if we have it in print.

To find an item from a bibliography:

  • Method 1: Go to the library home page and enter your article title in the search box. It may help to put quotes on the title. This should find your article if it is online. 
  • Method 2: Look up the name of the journal that the article is published in, in the library catalogue, to find out if we have it in print or online. Write down the name of the library, and the journal's call number in that library. Make sure we have the volume that you want. 

How to Search JSTOR

The first 2.5 minutes are helpful.