Using a history specific database will help you find relevant scholarly articles more efficiently. The key databases for history are:
America History and Life - focuses on Canadian and American history.
Historical Abstracts - focuses on world history outside North America.
Tip: You can search these two databases at the same time; look for the Choose Databases option from inside either database to add another database to your search.
Start your search for relevant articles using terms you know, and look carefully for ways to improve your search vocabulary as you browse results.
Terminology tips for historical methodologies:
Women's history; Feminism; Feminism & history; History & gender; Women historians; History - Masculinity
Quantitative history; History -- Statistical methods; Statistical analysis; Quantitative research; Data; Data mining; Quantitative analysis
There are numerous thematic history journals that focus on publishing research from specific perspectives and research methodologies. Searching directly within this type of journal will generally turn up methodologically relevant articles more quickly.
Look closely at journal titles as you browse article results in the databases, and make note of thematic titles, e.g. Gender History, Labour History, etc. then search MRU's Journals by Title to search directly within a journal.
If you are trying to decide on a historian to review for this assignment, here are some suggestions:
- Skim your course outline for articles by or and discussions of historians that piqued your interest in class
- Browse one of the following ebooks for ideas:
Biographies and autiobiographies of historians can be found in a number types of sources including books, journals, magazines, and encyclopedia entries:
- Canadian Historical Review: Do a search for "A Life in History" to find articles in the CHR's biography series.
- Oxford Biographical Dictionary: Search here for extenisve biographical entries for historians from across or otherwise involved in the history of the British empire.
- Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Search here for Canadian historians by name.
- Advanced LibrarySearch - Do a combined search for historians in the subject field, with your author's name anywhere.
- America History & Life and HIstorical Abstracts: Use the advanced search to search for historians or historians biograph* in the subject field; add your author's surname. Try limiting to particular historical time period.
You will also want to find out what other historians had to say about the work of your historian in the form of reviews and review articles.
Unsure of what a scholarly article looks like? Check out this guide to recognizing scholarly sources.