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A Tutorial in Five StepsFinding Journal Articles using the online library search toolsHistory 373: The History of the American West
Step oneGo to mirlyn.lib.umich.edu
You can also click on the link to Mirlyn in pbworks: go to the “sidebar” on the right side of the screen
Step twoClick on “search tools” at the top of the mirlyn homepage
Step threelocate a database in which to find journal articlesClick on “Browse Alphabetically” under the Databases tab on the left side of the screen
Recommended databases for finding history articles are:JstorAmerica: History and LifeProject MuseMost journal articles you will have to look for should be available through any of these.Here you can pick a database in which to search for articles
Let’s use Jstor!click on “J,” scroll down to the link, and click on it
Use a combination of the author’s last name, and a few of the keywords in the article titleFor example, see right how to find PekkaHamalainen’s article “The Rise and Fall of Plains Indian Horse Cultures”Step fourDo a keyword search for the article in the database
Step fiveGet the pdf and you’re all set
If one particular keyword search doesn’t get the desired results, try a variety of combinationsWhen you’re in “search tools” you can also try out “Articles Plus” for finding articles. It searches all databases at once (although sometimes it can actually be harder to find the article that way). But give it a try!A few tips

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Find journal articles using the library search engines

  • 1. A Tutorial in Five StepsFinding Journal Articles using the online library search toolsHistory 373: The History of the American West
  • 2. Step oneGo to mirlyn.lib.umich.edu
  • 3. You can also click on the link to Mirlyn in pbworks: go to the “sidebar” on the right side of the screen
  • 4. Step twoClick on “search tools” at the top of the mirlyn homepage
  • 5. Step threelocate a database in which to find journal articlesClick on “Browse Alphabetically” under the Databases tab on the left side of the screen
  • 6. Recommended databases for finding history articles are:JstorAmerica: History and LifeProject MuseMost journal articles you will have to look for should be available through any of these.Here you can pick a database in which to search for articles
  • 7. Let’s use Jstor!click on “J,” scroll down to the link, and click on it
  • 8. Use a combination of the author’s last name, and a few of the keywords in the article titleFor example, see right how to find PekkaHamalainen’s article “The Rise and Fall of Plains Indian Horse Cultures”Step fourDo a keyword search for the article in the database
  • 9. Step fiveGet the pdf and you’re all set
  • 10. If one particular keyword search doesn’t get the desired results, try a variety of combinationsWhen you’re in “search tools” you can also try out “Articles Plus” for finding articles. It searches all databases at once (although sometimes it can actually be harder to find the article that way). But give it a try!A few tips