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Historical Studies
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Betsy Cawley
cawley@bard.edu
758-7064
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There are times when a database will find the articles you are searching for in both PDF and HTML format. Always choose the PDF. Articles in any data-supported field usually have graphs and charts in them. HTML does not give you these in the format the author wants you to see them in.

Using one of the databases listed under the Databases tab, go to Advanced Search. This is the  best way to search in these or other databases. An advanced search allows you to control your search terms and do a better, more controlled and in-depth search. Search by the author or subject or geographical term you find best. Combining them using the terms offered, AND, OR, and NOT, can narrow or widen your search depending upon the results you get.

Key in a search term or two, or an author’s name and click on the search button. If you get too many hits, try adding a keyword (maybe words from the title of a specific work) that might narrow your subject down. Adding the phrase “United States” in quotation marks will often help narrow down the results of a search.

Historical Abstracts is a database that 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, history of education, and more. It uses only the most general of subject headings, but offers very detailed abstracts (a description of the article). So, in Historical Abstracts, in the advanced search function, your main focus should be a keyword search. You can limit your searches by adding very general search terms, like location names, as subjects. You can also limit your searches by date range in the boxes marked “Historical Period from”.

If you’re searching a citation database like Historical Abstracts , you’ll need to see if the library subscribes to the journal the article you want is in. Open up another window to our homepage and click on our Journals link (icon to the right). Type in the title of the journal, click on the Search button and then click on the links (if any) listed below. find journals

If we do not subscribe to the journal you’re looking for, use ILLiad to request the article.

illiad For more information on ILLiad, and to set up your account, click here. Once your account is set up, you can automatically populate the article request form from EBSCO databases – just click on the illiad button button. From other databases, or from citations you find in printed sources, type in the information.