Use a database efficiently
Databases allow you to search for articles by subjects, words in the text, authors, and more. Use the UC e-links button to find the article in full text or to search Melvyl for the print copy or to request it from another library.
- Start with just one or two search words
- Look for specialized terminology – thesaurus, descriptors, subject headings-- you can use to target your searching
- If you get too many results, add additional search words or use more specific words
- If you get too few hits, use fewer terms or use more general terminology
- Save relevant citations and email them to yourself, always
Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
Indexes over 1,000 of the leading arts and humanities journals, and provides searching of footnoted citations. Use the link above, then under Current Limits, specify Arts and Humanities Citation Index.
The Nordstrom's of secondary source databases, not just history, but all disciplines.