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History 320: Age of Revolutions: Finding Articles

Recommended Databases

Start your searches with Historical Abstracts; this is the standard database for world history from 1450 to the present day.  Depending on your topic, you also may need to search the History of Science, Technology and Medicine database.

Evaluating Scholarly Articles

How will you use the articles you find?  You'll want to have a rich and varied selection of scholarly secondary sources to help you craft your own argument and interpretation.  Some things to look for in a secondary source:

  • Evidence of scholarly disagreement:  where will your argument fit in?
     
  • Contextualization:  Although the article may not be directly on your topic, it may help you contextualize your primary source materials.
     
  • Methodology or approach:  Through what lens does the scholar approach the topic?  Do you agree with this approach, or would you suggest a different one?
     
  • Currency:  Humanities scholarship written within the last generation is likely to still be good, but you'll still want to make sure you have up to date work.

Supplemental Databases

Depending on your topic and approach, you may wish to search some of these databases to supplement what you find in Historical Abstracts and/or History of Science, Technology and Medicine.