This short Library video will show you how to identify journal articles and other scholarly sources through the database America: History and Life, one of the key search tools for history researchers at University of Guelph.
America: History and Life allows you to search listings of scholarly journal articles and other sources, including many in full-text.
It covers North American history from prehistory to present, and please note that this includes Canadian history, in spite of the database’s title.
America: History and Life can be accessed through the database list under the “Find” tab on the library website, www.lib.uoguelph.ca
You may also be able to access it through a link in the library subject or course guide associated with your course or research topic.
If you are off-campus, you may be asked to log in through the Library website before proceeding to the database.
This is the main search screen for America: History and Life. Enter combinations of your search terms at the top and apply any search limits (such as date of publication) at the bottom.
It’s a good idea to brainstorm a working list of a variety of terms to combine in your searches.
Start by entering some of these terms. In this example, I’ve indicated that I want to find items that mention the words “telegraph” and “military.”
At the bottom of the same page, you can add any limits to your search in advance, like limit by peer-review status, limit by historical period, limit by date of publication, and more.
If you don’t get the results you want, try adjusting your search terms and/or refining your search using the options in the column on the left of the page.
Click on the title of the item you want to get further information and, if available, to access the full-text.
Before accessing and reading the whole article, review details such as the abstract to determine if it’s going to be useful. An abstract is a short article summary.
The official subject headings listed in the record are particularly useful. If you see one that’s relevant, click on it to see if there are other items classified in the same way.
Links on the left-hand side of the page will indicate if the full-text is available in the database or elsewhere. If the article isn’t available in full-text in the database, click on the “Get it! Guelph” icon to check if it is available through another one of our resources.
Don’t forget to try a variety of different searches using different combinations of terms to achieve different results.
If you have any further questions, just ask us.
For more details on how to access help, visit our website at www.lib.uoguelph.ca