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History - U.S. (Clement Ho)

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2. If you only have the journal title, the Find Journals link will tell you which AU database has the full text of the journal.


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Search Tips

Boolean operators:

AND - use to narrow a search and get fewer and more relevant results.
elections and voters

OR - use to broaden a search and get more results. Good for synonyms and words with variant spellings. Add parentheses when using OR.
(latin america or argentina or colombia)
(organization or organisation)

NOT - use to narrow a search to get more relevant results
mexico not new mexico


Use to find words with different word endings.
e.g. immigrant* yields immigrant, immigrants
e.g. immigra* yields immigrant, immigrants, immigrate, immigration, immigrating, etc.

Truncation (or wildcard) symbols:

• Most databases use an asterisk (*).
• LexisNexis uses an exclamation mark (!).
• AU Library catalog and World News Connection use a question mark (?).
• iPolls & RoperExpress use a percentage sign (%).
• Ovid databases use dollar sign ($).

    Proximity search:

    Use to find words that are close to each other on a page.
    It is one way to find more relevant results.

    Each family of databases has its own command words.

    nnumber=words near another word in any order, within a certain number
    fundamental* n3 islam*

    same=words in same paragraph
    sex trafficking same ngo*

    nearnumber=words near another word in any order, within a certain number
    president* near3 speech

    =words near each other in any order, within a certain number
    "watershed planning"~10

    w/number=words within a specified number of words, in any order
    human rights w/2 violations

    w/s=words within the same sentence
    crime w/s (dc or district of columbia)

    w/p=words within the same paragraph
    gays w/p military

    near/number=words near another word in any order, within a certain number
    renewable energy near/5 viable

    =words near another word in any order, within a certain number

    Web of Science:
    Web of Knowledge:
    Social Science Citation Index:
    near/number=words near another word in any order, within a certain number
    government near/3 fund*


    The databases in this page provide the citation, abstract, and in some cases, the full text of journal and magazine articles, books, and dissertations. They are sorted by order of prominence and then alphabetically. 

    Use only articles from scholarly journals for literature reviews, not those from newspapers or magazines or technical reports.

    U.S. History Bibliographic Databases (EBSCO)

    To save time one can search the following EBSCO databases simultaneously. Directions: Click on one of these databases; click on "Choose Databases" at the top of the page; and then select the appropriate databases.

    More U.S. History Bibliographic Sources

    How to get the full text of articles

    American University users can obtain a copy of almost every published article or book in these databases.

    For AU Library databases, if the full-text article is not available, click on the button. Or use the Interlibrary Loan form. The article can be obtained through the Consortium Loan Service (2 business days) or Interlibrary Loan (longer than 2 days).

    Multidisciplinary Bibliographic Databases (History)

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    Use these databases if a comprehensive search is needed. They are not a good place to start one's research. AU-only icon