Use a journal article database to research journal articles. Top suggestions for Latin American history:
Once you are in the index, you must enter a search strategy to find articles on your topic. Here are some examples:
united states and immigra* and ital*
(for Italian immigration to the united states)
(aboriginal or native or indian*) and self-government
(for aboriginal self-government)
'and' focuses your search by finding articles with all of the terms in the record.
'* (star or asterisk)' finds different word endings. (Please note that some indexes use other symbols instead of an asterisk.)
immigra* finds immigrant, immigrants, immigrate, immigration...
ital* finds italian, italians, italy
'or' finds articles with either term in the record. Use brackets around keywords joined by 'or' when you combine them with other strategies.
suffrage or vote
montreal or toronto or vancouver
Example topic: Discuss the role that the peasants played in the French Revolution.
or finds alternative words
french revolution and (peasant* or rural or agrarian)
You can use Historical Abstracts options to focus on scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, English or another language, or the time the article was published.
To access an article from a citation in a database:
To find an item from a bibliography:
The first 2.5 minutes are helpful.
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