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America: History & Life indexes and abstracts articles published in over 1,700 history journals going back to 1910. The database also includes selected full text coverage.
This tutorial demonstrates how to find scholarly journal articles, how to link to the library’s e-journals and how to request articles through interlibrary loan from other libraries.
For the purpose of this exercise our topic will be:
"The Nativist Movement in Philadelphia in the Early Republic."
The database search interface should be on the right side of the screen. You may have to log in with your ldap password first, if you are off-campus. Use the navigation arrows at the bottom to advance to the next page.
Click on the right arrow below to start.
nativis* and Philadelphia
The asterisk truncates nativism to capture the various forms of the word: nativism, nativist, nativists, etc. Type the search terms into one of the search boxes and click on Search.
How many results did you get?
How many academic journal articles are among the results?Hint: Look under Source Types.
Click on Subject under Refine Results on the left side of the results screen. This will open a list of subjects assigned to the records in your results list. Behind each subject is a number which indicates how often a subject occurs in the results list.
How often does the subject Nativism occur in your results list?
How many records are articles in peer-reviewed journals?Hint: Look under Limit To on the left side of the search screen.
You should have around 90 articles that discuss nativism in the early republic. But don't forget that you want to write about nativism in Philadelphia. Go back to the Subject limit on the left side of the search screen and select Philadelphia from the menu of subjects. You may have to click on Show More to see all subjects. You should have less than ten articles now. Next we will take a closer look at display customization.
Let's review what you just learned about America: History & Life.
What is America: History & Life?
Can you get the full text of all the journal articles indexed in America: History & Life?
Can you limit search results to scholarly journals?
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