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Historical Methods- Prof. Manning

Scholarly Articles & Databases

Scholarly articles, in comparison to books, are shorter and usually discuss a more focused topic. Below are library resources that provide access to scholarly articles and other resources that are often unavailable on the open web.

  • Databases: See the history-focused databases listed in this page, or search the Database Finder.
  • Journals:
    • Journal Finder: Find journals by title, ISSN, or keyword.
    • BrowZine: Search for or browse select scholarly online journals to which the Libraries subscribe.
  • Citation Linker: Use to find and access a specific  journal article, journal or book.

If the Libraries do not have access to the article, please submit an interlibrary loan request by clicking the "Go to ILLiad" link on the Interlibrary Loan page.

Finding Articles through Library Databases

The library databases listed on this page provide access to find scholarly articles, as well as other types of information. If you don't see a Full Text link below the article citation, look for a button labeled "Get it!" This application will check for access to the full text of the article within the library's subscriptions.

If you see a message that we don't have access, choose the Campbell Library Interlibrary Loan Request link to order the article from another library. Often we can get an electronic copy of the article quickly.


You can use library databases to find scholarly articles, which are often peer-reviewed. Below are the top recommended databases for History. Many of these databases also include other source types like book chapters.

What is Peer-Review?

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • Published in academic journals
  • Use the language of the field in which they were published
  • Written by professionals for professionals
  • Reviewed by professionals before publication

Articles are often more topic-specific than books.

By using library resources, you can easily find peer-reviewed information!  Many of our article databases have boxes to check that will help you limit your results to peer-reviewed journals.
(Note: This box can be a helpful shortcut, but remember that it removes scholarly book chapters and may still include a small a few editorial articles that are not peer-reviewed, though they are published in peer-reviewed publications.)