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History Research Guide: Scholarly Articles and Dissertations

This guide is intended as a point to departure for research in history. You will find search strategies to help guide your exploration of historical sources, as well as recommended databases.

Scholarly Articles and Dissertations

Just like with books, there are several ways to find and access scholarly articles and dissertations. However, your best place to start is in Summon. 

Scholarly vs Popular

When conducting your research, it is important for you to distinguish between journal articles and magazine articles. Databases are used to find and identify articles from peer-reviewed journals and other types of documents.

Journal articles are usually referred to as "scholarly," while magazine articles are commonly considered "popular."

Consider these points when differentiating between journals and magazines:

Criteria Scholarly Journal Popular Magazine/Blog/Online Publication
Audience Academics and/or Researchers, Professionals General Public
Authors Experts and/or Specialists Journalists and/or Freelance Writers
Editorial Review/Peer Review Journal Editorial Board and peer reviewers Professional Editors
Reference/Works Cited Yes Not always required or provided

Beyond Summon

Although Summon is a great place to start, there are other database options - especially for history specific research.