Finding Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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 These are the best databases that have significant historical content are:

The History of Sexuality Subject Guide is another good starting point the features many other sources.

Searching Tips:

  • 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"

Explore the Keyword Searching Help Topics for more help with seaching or the Database Search Strategies web page.

Need more?

  • 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.


Content last updated: September 24, 2018