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HIST 20/AFST 115 African American History 1619-1865

Some definitions (types of articles)

Scholarly (or academic) journals Articles in these journals are authored by academics or others that have experience and credentials in the field.  The target audience is mainly academic.  The journals are usually published by professional associations or university presses.  Articles are research-based and provide extensive coverage of the topic.  Scholarly journal articles cite their sources using footnotes/endnotes and reference lists.  You can use these reference lists to locate additional resources on your topic!

Peer-reviewed articles or refereed articles have been reviewed carefully by other credentialed researchers who are knowlegable about the topic.

Popular articles appear in newspapers and magazines.  They are written for a general audience and the authors are usually not academics.  They do not usually have footnotes/endnotes or reference lists.

Take a look at the links below--it may help you in distinguishing between the different types of articles.

Find articles

Use OneSearch to search across many (not all!!) of Hofstra databases in a single search.  Click here for a list of databases not included in OneSearch.  Note that OneSearch will also connect you to books, eBooks, and other types of sources.  Each entry will have an icon indicating source type (academic article, newspaper, book, etc.)

HUL's OneSearch

Try the following databases to locate scholarly (academic) journal articles.  Do you want peer-reviewed articles?  Many of the databases will allow you to limit your searching to peer-reviewed articles.  Click here to access the full list of Databases selected for History. 

Did you know you can set up your own library in Google Scholar?  Click here for instructions on setting it up--you will be able to save and organize your search results. 

If the full text of the article you need is not available in the database you are currently searching, click on the link that appears in your results list.  This will take you to JOURNAL FINDER --an electronic list of newspapers, magazines and journals that we subscribe to (click on the first link below for direct access to JOURNAL FINDER).  JOURNAL FINDER will let you know if the full text of your article is available in another of Hofstra's databases.  You can also click on the second link for a brief tutorial on using JOURNAL FINDER.  To get to JOURNAL FINDER from the library homepage; click on the JOURNALS tab and enter the title of the journal into the search box.

If you require a book or journal article not available at Hofstra, you can use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to request the material.  Click on the link below.  If you are a first-time user, you will be prompted to set up an account--it's easy and it's free--just remember to use your Hofstra network account.

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