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Women's History: Articles & Databases

Use this guide to learn more about researching women's history.

Suggested Databases

How to Find Articles using the Catalog: Interactive Tutorial


1 This tutorial works best in full-screen mode.  To open up this tutorial in another window, click on the square on the bottom right-hand side of this box.  

Then continue by clicking on the highlighted areas on the screen.  

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2 Starting from the Library's homepage, select the Articles tab in the catalog search box before performing your search. 

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3 Type in your keywords and either hit Enter or click Go.  

To learn more about why the AND is capitalized and other search strategies, visit our Search Tips research guide.   

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4 You can refine your search by using the search limiters located on the left-hand side of the page. 

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5 For instance, if I'm only looking for recently published articles, I can limit my results under Publication Year to only see articles published within the last five years.  

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6 To dig deeper and find out more about an article, click on the title of the article.  

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7 From here, you'll learn important things that will help you evaluate your source, like where and when it was published, and whether the article is peer-reviewed

To learn more, visit the Evaluating Information research guide.  

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8 To access the article, click on the View full text button. 

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9 This will bring you to the article in whichever database provides access to it. Here you can use the database tools to download, email, or print the article.    

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10 You will also be able to create a citation for the article by clicking on cite.

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11 Going back to the catalog, click Refine This Search to continue reviewing results,  adding keywords to your search, or applying other search limiters if necessary. 

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12 Note that every catalog record has a citation tool where you can easily get the citation of the article.  Just click Cite.  

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13 Select a citation style.  

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14 An automatically generated citation will appear which you'll need to review and may need to edit.

It's essential to learn how to cite your sources correctly to avoid plagiarism.  Learn more about Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism here. 

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15 Have questions? We're here to help!  

Reach out to us by email or book a one-on-one online research consultation

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Here's an interactive tutorial

Google and Academic Databases

Google, and more appropriately Google Scholar, can be valid places to search for articles and organizations. However, subject specific databases will have more advanced search options and articles. Here are some key differences between databases and Google.

  Library Databases Google Google Scholar
Types of
You Can Find
  • Scholarly journal articles
  • Newspaper articles
  • Reviews
  • Theses & dissertations
  • Empirical evidence
  • Popular, commercial, educational websites
  • Organization websites
  • Directories
  • Current news & events
  • Few free journal articles
    & books (many academic publications are not free)
  • Educational websites
  • Theses & dissertations
  • Conference publications
    & presentations
  • Scholarly journal articles
    (but access will be restricted
    to free resources,
    see below for how to set
    up SLC links)
Credibility & Review
  • Subject specific books
    and articles
  • Evaluated for accuracy
    and credibility
  • Lack of control allows
    anyone to publish
  • Usually not evaluated for accuracy & credibility
  • Some resources evaluated
    for accuracy & credibility,
    but not through Google,
    so need to verify review process for each publication
  • Database functionalities
    allow users to search
    for & find more relevant results
  • Less ability to search
    for & retrieve precise
  • Not releasing 
    information on
    algorithms, paid
    products can float
    to the top
  • Less ability to search for
    & retrieve precise results
  • Not releasing information
    on algorithms, therefore
    it is not known why
    results float to the top


Can't Find the Full Text?

If a database doesn't have the full text of an article you are looking for, you can copy and paste the title of the article into our catalog to see if we might have that item here. If we don't have it, request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Filtering Your Results

Most databases have Filters/Limits - use these to narrow down your search to the specific dates, article type, or population that you are researching.

Here is an example of limits in a database, all databases look slightly different but most have these options.