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HIST268: Hurricanes, Earthquakes, & Drought

Finding Secondary Sources

Search Tips

  • Place quotation marks around keyword phrases.

"sea level rise"

  • Capitalize Boolean logic connectors (AND, OR).

"hurricane maria" AND colonialism

  • Combine the operations as you would construct an equation.

"nuclear weapons" AND (effects OR impact)

  • Click either "Explore editions and formats" to view all library holdings for a particular title.
  • Items at UD appear first in the list of search results. Other items can be requested via interlibrary loan.
The following journal titles are only a fraction of what UD subscribes to. For a full list of our journals, or to explore by subject, go to the "Research" tab on the library's homepage and click "E-Journals."

Tips & Tricks for Searching for Articles

Finding articles within databases and journals is not the same process you would use to conduct a search in Google or an internet search engine. You cannot type in a question, but rather need to choose specific keywords and phrases to find results. These tips are similar to how you would search for material in DELCAT Discovery. 

Helpful Ways to Search: 

  • Use quotations around a phrase to "tell" the database or journal that you want these words to remain together.
    • Ex: "American exceptionalism" 
  • Think of synonyms to your keywords...Especially when conducting historical research, you may need to develop words and phrases that were used during that particular time period, rather than modern-day words.
    • Ex: World War I; First World War; The Great War - All would give you different results! 
  • Use AND/OR to connect words, concepts, and phrases together to receive specified results.
    • Ex: World War I AND United States

Use the Advanced Search option in databases and journals to narrow down by date, region, type of document, and more!