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History: Latin American & the Iberian Peninsula

Finding Scholarly Articles

This collection of databases is but a small sample of what UD subscribes to. For a full list of what we have, go to our "Databases" page and search for "Arts & Humanities Databases" from the "Browse by Subject" list. 

Journals give you the ability to search for articles on a specific topics or event. It can be an easier way to find relevant information because you are usually not sifting through a large pool of results. If you visit the E-Journals page, you can bring up a list of all the journals with subject content in History & Archeology. You can also search for a specific journal title from the E-Journals page or in DELCAT. 

Newspapers can also be considered a primary source depending on what time period you find articles from.

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. 

Helpful Ways to Search: 

  • Use quotations around a phrase to "tell" the database or journal that you want these words to remain together.
    • Ex: "Bay of Pigs Invasion" 
  • 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: Bay of Pigs AND Kennedy
  • Use the Language Limiter feature to find Spanish-language material or to eliminate Spanish-language material. 

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