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Information Literacy for History Courses: Searching
Information Literacy for History Courses: Searching
Academic Search PremierThis multi-disciplinary database provides full text for nearly 4,800 journals, including full text for more than 12,000 peer-reviewed titles. PDF back files to 1975 or further are available for nearly 140 journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
America: History and LifeThis bibliographic database provides a robust source of information focusing on the history and life of the United States and Canada. It is an important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history with indexing for over 1,800 journals from 1895 to the present, citations and links to books and media reviews, and coverage for some titles back to the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Credo Reference CollectionProvides access to the full text of hundreds of top quality reference books in all major subjects ranging from art and literature to psychology and social sciences to religion and technology, as well as bilingual and biographical dictionaries. Provides access to a multitude of Topic Pages on various subjects, which include subject overviews as well as links to associated journal articles, resources from e-books, and relevant images.
General OneFileA one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. General OneFile includes more than 8,000 full-text titles; more than 3,600 journals; more than 25 years of backfile; and five newspaper indexes — totaling more than 13,000 titles in all (70% of which are unique to the resource).
HeinOnlineHeinOnline provides online access to more than 40 million pages of historical legal periodical content and other library collections. The content is in the original page-image (PDF) format, ensuring the authenticity of the original hardcopy document in an online environment.
Historical AbstractsHistorical Abstracts™ covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women’s history, the history of education, and much more. It is appropriate for upper level undergraduate and graduate students. This authoritative database provides citations to articles from more than 2,300 journals.
ACLS Humanities E-Book ProjectACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is an online, fully searchable collection of 4,680 books of high quality in the humanities and related social sciences. Frequently cited in the literature, these titles are recommended by scholars and learned societies and include many prize-winning works. Users may also access online book reviews from leading journals.
JSTORJSTOR (Journal Storage) is a shared digital library of selected scholarly journals in humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It currently includes more than 2,300 academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published to about 3-5 years ago, along with thousands of monographs and other materials relevant for education. We have digitized more than 50 million pages and continue to digitize approximately 3 million pages annually.
World History CollectionThis collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Why not Google Scholar?
Often when discussing information literacy, students (and even faculty) bring up tools like Google Scholar or Wikipedia and they say that these sorts of sites help them in their search.
You can still use these sites, but always remember the following:
Not everything on the internet is true
Wikipedia can often be biased, lacking in references to substantiate their claims, or otherwise just plain wrong. Feel free to use it, but do so with caution (and extend this criticism to scholarly sources as well!)
Google Scholar can be a great way to apply the Google search function to your research, but it may not show you everything that's available. If you use our library website to access databases you get to take advantage of our proxy giving you access to thousands of articles and other sources that may otherwise be behind paywalls via Google Scholar.
You might be missing out on some top choice information
Quantity does not equate to quality. Just because the search is easy, doesn't mean its comprehensive. A great search often has multiple layers. Dig deeper.
There's plenty of equally "easy to access" sources, you just have to find them!
The library search functions may be less intuitive than a simple search on Wikipedia or Google Scholar, but they can yield much better quality results, introduce more authoritative works/authors, and with time and practice they become easier to use.