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HY200 Topics in History: British Imperialism: Find Articles

Databases & Indexes

Journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, etc. that cover aspects of British history may be located in numerous databases other than those with a specific historical focus. Some potentially useful databases are listed below.

Keyword Searching

Use the Search Generator from Northwest Missouri State University to help you create a keyword search. 

                        Using AND/OR/NOT (Boolean Search Operators)


Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic.

Example: vegetarianism and environment

Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms.

Example: global warming or climate change


Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search

Example: emissions trading not United States


Additional Search Tips

"Phrase search"  - Use quotation marks (" ") to search for a particular phrase.

Example: "greenhouse gas emissions"

Truncation * - Use an asterisk to find variations of a word. Put an asterisk following the root of the word to find all variations of that word, including singular and plural.

Example: environment* (finds environments, environmental, environmentalist, etc.)

(Grouping/Nesting Keywords) - Use parentheses ( ) as a way to group all your search terms together.

Example: (climate change or global warming) and population growth

Create A Keyword List

The right keywords help to effectively search catalogs, databases, and the Internet.

  • Start by compiling a list of keywords that represent each concept of your topic.
  • Try the Search Generator from Northwest Missouri State University to help you create a keyword search.
    • Use more specific terms when searching databases versus catalogs.
    • Look for additional terms in your search results. Add these to your list.
    • Search Google Books for keywords in the title, table of contents, subject headings, and text of books.

      You may need to do multiple searches in each database to research your topic. However, with patient and persistence, you'll find relevant material.

      Find the Full Text

        Searches for
      Full Text

      If a database doesn't give you the full text of article, just click on the Tutt Link logo.

      Tutt Link will search to see if the article is available

      1) in another Tutt database
      2) in print (second floor)
      3) through Interlibrary Loan 

      Google for Keywords

      Search Google to find keywords related to your topic.

      Leverage Footnotes and Bibliographies

      Footnotes and bibliographies are a quick way to find related materials and track popular authors.

      Find Journals by Title

      You can see if Tutt Library subscribes to a journal by searching Citation Finder.

      If the title you're looking for is in one of our databases, you'll be able to search within it to find articles. 

      Sign Up to Use Interlibrary Loan


      Request the fulltext of articles through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) using ILLiad. Nearly 50 percent of articles arrive in 24-48 hours and are delivered electronially to your email! 

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