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Journal Locator

Journal Locator

Find specific journals,magazines, and newspapers.

Watch the video below to learn how to find an article if you have the citation.

Beyond the DNL

Can't find what you want?

Try Interlibrary Loan!

  • Use materials from other libraries' collections free of charge.
  • Articles arrive via e-mail within 3-5 business days.
  • Books arrive within 2 weeks and are held in your name.
  • You will be notified by e-mail when your items arrive.

Request materials online via:

Selected Databases

Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start:

  • America: History & Life
    Covers the history, culture, and current affairs of the United States and Canada, with citations, full text journal articles, and books. Simultaneous user limit: 6.
  • History in Context - U.S.  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
    A collection of full-text periodicals, reference works, primary documents, and scholarly analysis that covers the most-studied events and issues in U.S. history. Contains image galleries of seals, maps, and flags; video and audio from NBC, NPR and other reliable sources; and opposing viewpoint essays.
  • Archive of Americana  Icon
    This group of historical collections includes America’s Historical Imprints; America’s Historical Newspapers; American State Papers; and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994, with maps.
  • Gender Studies
    Combines the Women’s Studies International and the Men’s Studies databases with an additional coverage of sexual diversity issues. Contains professional journals, conference papers, theses, books, and government reports.
  • All Databases for American Studies . . .

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

  • When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
  • The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
  • Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
america* AND (novel OR fiction)
Already have the citation? Find an article with citation linker!

Watch this tutorial below to learn how to find full-text articles.

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Databases are basically just search engines for articles on specific subjects.


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