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History 14F: What's Your History: Find Articles

This guide was prepared to lead you to specific items for your What's Your History? class.

Scholarly and Popular Resources

As you go along with your studies at Hofstra, you will find that often your professors will ask you for scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. Scholarly resources provide the following::

  • information that has been vetted by scholarly experts in the field.
  • scholarly analysis, description or evaluation of events and ideas
  • contain an abstract and always list bibliographical references
  • primary sources of information about the views of a scholarly community.

Popular resources have these attributes:

  • Articles written by non-specialists in the field.
  • Articles are reviewed by an editor, but not by a panel of experts.
  • Articles may or may not mention sources in the text.

Below you will find links to databases that will lead you to both scholarly and popular articles.  You will also see a link entitled "Find the Full Text."  This link will direct you to Journal Finder.  In cases where you do not find the full text of an article, Journal Finder will tell you if you can find this material in another database that we own, or in print, or it may tell you that we don't own this particular journal  or newspaper.  In the case where we don't own the item you are looking for, use the InterLibrary Loan link to order it from another library.

Search for articles

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

HUL's OneSearch

Try the following databases to locate scholarly (or academic) journal articles.  Do you need 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. 

Try the following databases to locate newspaper and magazine articles.  Click here to access the full list of newspaper databases. 

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 journals that we subscribe to (click on the 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 following link for a brief tutorial on using Journal Finder and Find Article.

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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