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Historical Abstracts and JSTOR

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Learn the strengths and differences between the Historical Abstracts database on Ebscohost and JSTOR as research tools for history.

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Historical Abstracts and JSTOR

  1. 1. A Doherty Library Information Literacy Tutorial
  2. 2. GoalsAfter viewing this presentation, you will understand:1. The strengths of Historical Abstracts and JSTOR as research resources for history2. Historical Abstracts Indexes3. EbscoHost tools4. JSTOR Advanced Search options
  3. 3. 1. The strengths of HistoricalAbstracts and JSTORA. Historical Abstracts 1. An index of world history literature built up since the 1950s with over 3,100 journals. 2. Organizes materials by place, time period, subject, etc. 3. Covers world history outside North America from 1450 to the present (for American history see the database, America: History and Life). 4. Links to full text through the red UST button.
  4. 4. 1. The strengths of HistoricalAbstracts and JSTORB. JSTOR 1. A full-text archive of journals (journal storage) 2. No subject searching 3. 334 titles in history 4. Full-text searching means more results but less precision
  5. 5. GoalsAfter viewing this presentation, you will understand:1. The strengths of Historical Abstracts and JSTOR as research resources for history2. Historical Abstracts Indexes3. EbscoHost tools4. JSTOR Advanced Search options
  6. 6. Click “Indexes” to see lists of categories that you can browse to narrow your search by place or subject. Historical Abstracts Don’t check “Linked Full Text”!Useful limits (excluding results that don’t meet these criteria)
  7. 7. Here is the “Indexes” screen.Having selected “Geographic Terms” from the “Browse an Index” drop-down list, I enter the search term, “kinshasa.”
  8. 8. Here is a sample index search for a place. If I select “kinshasa (congo)” and click “Add,” then “Search,” I will get a focused list of results about that city.
  9. 9. Here is a list of results on Kinshasa. We can narrow results further by clicking on “Subject” and selecting “Show More.”
  10. 10. These are database subject terms that appear in the list of results for Kinshasa. Selecting them can be a useful way to narrow your results. You can also find additional subject terms for your topic. Searching for these terms is an efficient way to find resources.
  11. 11. GoalsAfter viewing this presentation, you will understand:1. The strengths of Historical Abstracts and JSTOR as research resources for history2. Historical Abstracts Indexes3. EbscoHost tools4. JSTOR Advanced Search options
  12. 12. The article record lists all the subjects and geographic terms associated with that article, as well as the article abstract. Use these tools to email, cite, or export the article record to RefWorks!
  13. 13. To get full text of an article, click PDF Full Text or the red UST button.The UST button searches other databases for the article. If no copy is available, you are given a link to Interlibrary Loan.
  14. 14. GoalsAfter viewing this presentation, you will understand:1. The strengths of Historical Abstracts and JSTOR as research resources for history2. Historical Abstracts Indexes3. EbscoHost tools4. JSTOR Advanced Search options
  15. 15. This is the basic search page for JSTOR.Skip it. Click Advanced Search.
  16. 16. On the JSTOR Advanced Search page, check the box next to your discipline (“History”).Then, check: Narrow By: Item Type: Article.Then search for multiple keywords.
  17. 17. Here is an article record in JSTOR. Note that most records in JSTOR do not have abstracts.Click “View PDF” to access full text.“View Citation” is not formatted to Chicago style.Use “Export Citation” to send info to RefWorks.
  18. 18. Go to askus.stthom.edu to get answers on using the library.

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