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Article Databases

Here are a few places you can find articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. From off campus you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).

Search Tips

Magazine, journal, and newspaper focus on a specific aspect of a topic.  Therefore, what you type into the search box needs to be specific.

Select the most important 2-3 terms related to your topic.  Put the word AND between each new term; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your terms.

korea AND diplomacy

Use quotation marks ( "  " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in that specific order.

"ming dynasty" AND korea AND diplomacy

Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word.  Using diplo* as a search term will include results that refer to diplomat, diplomacy, diplomatic.


Periodical Types

Articles are published in periodicals, which is any type of publication published at a regular interval (weekly, monthly, quarterly). Periodical types include magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals which:

  • Provide detailed information about a specific aspect of a topic.
  • Report on events, issues, or scholarly research.
  • Are good sources for current or recent information.

Magazines, journals and newspapers typically do NOT provide a summary or overview of a topic.

More information on finding scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

Additional Article Databases

Here are some additional database options for your history research:

Additional Search Tips for JSTOR

Use JSTOR's "Advanced Search."  On the Advanced Search page you can:

- Narrow your results to just ARTICLES.  This will remove book reviews from your list of results:



- Select to search journals within certain disciplines:

Why can't I just use Google?

This video by Yavapai College Library in Prescott, Arizona demonstrates the different types of information found in Google versus library databases. 

Click the  icon located in the bottom right corner to watch the video in fullscreen mode.