Use Boolean searching in library databases to get the best results!
Boolean searching means connecting keywords with one of these four connectors: AND, OR, NOT, "". Please avoid using common articles and prepositions such as a, an, the, of, from, in, at, in your searches. Instead, try to search with only the most important words and link them together with one of these connectors: AND, OR, NOT, "". Here are some examples:
Integration or desegregation finds documents containing either integration or desegregation.
finds documents containing the word Prohibition but not the word Texas.
"Civil War" finds the exact phrase Civil War. Your search will find only documents where Civil and War are right next to each other in every case.
For more on Boolean searching, please see the Crimson Navigate tutorial.
When searching for articles, you could flip through magazines and newspapers. However, you can find articles more easily through databases.
A database is a large electronic collection of articles from many magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. Here are some great databases for articles about Southern topics:
Many professors may want you to use scholarly articles (also known as peer-reviewed, academic, refereed, juried articles) for your research.
You can limit your search to scholarly articles in Academic Search Premier by scrolling down on the search screen and checkmarking the "Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals" box.
To find out how a scholarly article differs from a popular magazine articles, please see the boxes below.
|Scholarly Journals:||Popular Magazines:|
|Scholarly Journals: Article Titles||Popular Magazines: Article Titles|
How do I tell the difference?