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Library Resources for European History: Searching for Information

This guide is designed to assist researchers in B359, B360, B408, D330, and other courses in European history.

Searching for Information on your Topic

  • Using the search queries you came up with previously, conduct searches in one of the article databases you identified to locate articles on your topic.  If you do not get any results, try rephrasing your search using the list of words you generated on the previous page.   

 

  • Review the first few search results by reading the titles, abstracts, and subject headings of each citation.  How can this information be useful to you at this stage of your research?  Make note of the subject headings try using those subject headings to conduct a new search.  Also make note of the citations in the sources you find.  This is another way of using a known relevant source to generate additional search results.  

 

  • Experiment with the search limiters available (e.g. limit by date range, full-text only, etc.) and conduct a new search.  How do these limiters affect your search results?

 

  • Try using AND to add in another search term.  For example, a keyword search for Louis XVI would be too broad, so what happens when you add in another term and search Louis XVI and revolution?

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