Our library subscribes to many databases that provide citations, abstracts, and sometimes links to full-text articles. This page identifies useful databases to which the library subscribes.
JSTOR stands for Journal Storage. It is an electronic archive of older issues of some important academic journals. Some faculty members like to search it by topic because of the convenience of the full text.
I do not recommend searching JSTOR by subject unless you are looking for a very specific unusual word or phrase you can find no where else! Why:
1. Nothing in JSTOR is current. It is journal storage. There is a delay of at least three--and usually five--years between journal publication and inclusion in JSTOR.
2. It is a key word only search. There is no subject searching. If you search for your word or phrase in the title and the author used another word or phrase, the article will not appear.
3. Searches yield too many hits, many of them irrelevant. Do you really want to look through 600 or more articles for a few useful ones? Scholars can go through large searches and identify the few relevant articles relatively quickly because they are already very familiar with the subject. Students cannot.
Use a more specific database to identify articles. Use the Journal Locator to determine if we own the article: the Journal Locator includes the journals in JSTOR.
Use a licensed database rather than a regular search engine to identify articles in respected journals rather than miscellaneous stuff on the Internet..
Our library subscribes to many databases that provide citations, abstracts, and sometimes links to full-text articles.
You may want to look for background information or ideas for refining topics in World History in Context, which offers some coverage and selected bibliography on a wide range of topics in world history. It is not a very deep or substantial source, and includes a lot of irrelevant "news" but can be a useful starting point.
Historical Abstracts is the main database in history and covers history of the world, excluding the U.S. and Canada. It is a modern history database, with coverage that begins about 1450 c.e.
You may also wish to consider more general databases
Always use Advanced Search.
If you get many hits, consider limiting your search to "peer-reviewed" publications.
Some of the hits will be book reviews. Book reviews can be useful in identifying book titles, but they are not articles.
Do not limit your search to full-text only. We may have access to articles as part of other subscriptions. Or you can request a copy on interlibrary loan using the journal request form.