HIST 103: US Immigration History- Kang

Finding Other Databases

Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic.  The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.

1.  Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic.  Examples:  literature, film, anthropology, history...

2.  Find the appropriate article database by subject (academic discipline or department).  Look for "Recommended" databases.

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject

3.  You may need databases that cover diffferent types of materials - historical or ethnic newspapers, congressional information, primary sources, etc:

Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources, Types A-Z >

UC-eLinks

Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database isa bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the Uc-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:

UC e-Links image

For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

Searching - Examples

 To search, break your topic into components.  Enter one word or phrase (two or more words together) per row of search boxes.  Use as few terms as possible.

Narrowing:  think about places, people or groups, time periods, aspects or events that might help you narrow your topic

(* = truncation/wildcard symbol:  immigra* retrieves immigrant, immigrants, immigration, immigrating...some databases use a different symbol - consult Help screens)

Examples:

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > H > History > America:  History and Life

california   (select a field - optional)

indian* or native*  (select a field - optional)

statut* or legal or law*  (select a field - optional)

historical period:  year 1840 to 1900

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR

REMEMBER:  JSTOR doesn't include articles from the last 3-5 years!!!

Advanced Search

1.  immigra*

irish

2.  to narrow your search further, add another search term, or try searching for your terms in the titles of the articles:

immigra*   (item title)

irish (item title)

advanced search also allows you to limit to certain years of publication (1980-2010, for example), to specific disciplines (ex:  African American studies) etc.

 

Last Update: December 20, 2012 12:08