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Identifying Keywords

For this course, think about the information you need. Look at the questions from the assignment and identify the main ideas, and combine them with the name of the nation you are studying. For example:

  • [Name of nation] AND Colonialism 
  • Colonial [Name of nation]
  • [Name of nation] AND independence

Also think of synonyms. For example, synonyms for colonialism could be:

  • imperialism
  • colonization

Use these combinations of words when searching in library databases.

Recommended Databases

Salem Press Online

Contains encyclopedias, reference works, primary source documents, and books. Coverage dates: Prehistory - Current

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An electronic journal collection consisting of the full-text of back issues of journals in many different subject areas. Coverage dates: Varies.


Historical Abstracts with Full Text

History articles covering the history of the world from 1450 to the present. Coverage dates: 1955-Current

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Academic Search Ultimate

A large, multidisciplinary database. Coverage dates: Varies.

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Project Muse

Peer-reviewed journal articles for a variety of topics.

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