HIST R1B: A History of Diplomacy from the Greeks to Wikileaks

History databases

Three important databases for research in History.

  • America: History and Life
    Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes all key English-language historical journals; selected historical journals from major countries, state, and local history journals; and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Indexes over 2,000 journals, as well as historical book reviews and dissertations, published worldwide about all aspects of world history (excluding US and Canada) from 1450 to the present.
  • JSTOR
    Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR does not include the most recent 3-5 years of the journals.

Secondary Sources

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.

Searching principles:

  • 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.
  • JSTOR
    The Nordstrom's of secondary source databases, not just history, but all disciplines.
Last Update: May 11, 2012 13:47