You have two choices to begin searching for journal articles:
1. Use Summon to easily find journal articles for your research essay.
To obtain high quality, academic literature, remember to refine your search by selecting the following options:
- scholarly & peer-review
- journal article content type
- subject (related to your topic)
You can also limit your search to many other sources, such as: books, e-books, newspapers, magazines or trade publications, videos, dissertations or conference proceedings. Many sources are published in different formats and written for specific audiences and do not all have solid authority as with the scholarly, peer reviewed literature.
2. Search Subject specific databases. These are the best databases that have significant historical content are:
- Historical Abstracts covers the period from 1450 world-wide, except for North America
- Gender Studies Database
- Google Scholar
- JSTOR is multidisciplinary, but all content available electronically
- Dissertation and Theses Global - comprehensive collection from around the world, 1743 to the present & includes Carleton theses from 1961
The History of Sexuality Subject Guide is another good starting point the features many other sources.
- Connect keywords with AND, example: intimacy AND desire
- Connect synonyms with OR, within parenthesis, example: (pornography OR erotica OR obscene material OR sexploitation)
- Use truncation symbol * to expand results, example: Sex* to find sexes, sexism, sexual, sexuality, sexy
- Use quotation to search phrases, example: "sexual revolution"
- For other databases, see our databases by subject for History, Sociology, Sexuality Studies and Women's Studies.
Note: If you cannot find a book at this library, you have borrowing privileges at the University of Ottawa Library.
In addition, all history students should also register for a RACER account to have material brought in for you from other libraries.