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HIST 8: Journal Articles

Off Campus Access to Databases

Accessing LPC Library databases from off-campus requires the following information:


(be sure to include the letter W)


8 digit library PIN

(first two letters of first name, first two letters of last name, and last four numbers of your W).

Databases (Magazines, Journals, e-Books, etc.)

To locate magazines and scholarly/academic journal articles relating to your topic, the following LPC library databases are recommended.

1) Academic Search Complete - Over 7000 full-text journals and magazines spanning a broad range of important areas of academic study.

2) America: History and Life with Full Text - Definitive bibliographic reference covering the history, culture, area studies, and current affairs literature of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

3) Biography in Context - Biographical information on over 320,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across disciplines.

4) Gender Watch - Journal, magazine, and newspaper articles focus on the impact of gender on culture and society, includes  gender and women's studies, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) research on wide-ranging topics like sexuality, religion, societal roles, feminism, and masculinity.

5) History Reference Center - Offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, full text for more than 150 history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

6) Salem History Online - Online access to a variety of Salem Press reference books on topics such as immigration, turning points in history from the 1920's to the 1990's, as well as great historical events from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

Locating Scholarly/Peer-reviewed Journal Articles 

To limit your periodical database search to only include scholarly/academic/peer-reviewed journals, check/select the box labeled "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" within the search interface for the database. 

Or look for the icon in front of the article. Each databases has a specific icon that represents peer-reviewed journals.  This icon is found before each entry.

Also, be sure to check/select the box labeled "Full Text".
This will ensure that you receive full/complete articles in your search results.     

Learn More: What is a scholarly/peer-reviewed journal?


Database Searching Tips

Search terms are important for good results. The computer is looking only for the words in the search box. Generally in the Basic Search mode, the computer is only looking for the search terms in: Title, Abstract and Subject Headings.

Subject Headings are listed after the magazine/journal title information. When a good article is found, look at the Subject Headings. Repeat those terms in your search to find more articles on the same subject.

1) Determine the key words:

2) Use quotation marks around any phrases

3) Look at Subject Headings listed under the Title information

4) Having trouble getting results? Broaden or change your search strategy.

**As always, if you need research assistance, please contact a librarian.  A librarian can suggest further search terms, strategies, or databases to try.**