Try searching at least three or four databases – try different search terms (also look below for Suggested Search Terms), and experiment using the drop-down menus to search through the full-text and the title of the article.
For even more databases, go to GALILEO and look at the subjects of History, Social Sciences, and Literature, Language, and Literary Criticism under Browse by Subject (or select other subjects based on your research needs). This will give you suggested databases to search. The databases listed here are part of the database offerings in GALILEO, Georgia's Virtual Library.
If you find an article citation that you like, but it is not available in full-text, first check our Journal Finder.
Type in the name of the Journal, not the title of the individual article. See if the particular issue you need is available in the physical library or in another online database.
If it is not available, we can Interlibrary Loan the material for you. This generally takes 3-5 business days if it is coming from within Georgia.
Aside from your own searching, you may want to try some of these suggested search terms for your searches.
|United States History||United States Church History||United States Social Life and Customs|
|United States History Colonial Period||United States Religion||United States in Art|
|United States History Confederation||United States Civilization||United States in Literature|
|United States History Constitutional Period||United States. Constitution||United States in Motion Pictures|
|United States History Revolution||United States Economic Conditions||United States Intellectual Life|
|United States History Civil War||United States Economic Policy||American Drama|
|United States Territorial Expansion||United States Emigration and Immigration||American Essays|
|Indians||United States Race Relations||American Fiction|
|Indians of North America||United States Ethnic Relations||American Fiction History and Criticism|
|United States History, Military||United States Foreign Relations||American Literature|
|United States Politics and Government||United States Social Policy||American Literature History and Criticism|
|United States Biography||United States Social Conditions||American Poetry|
Most databases have a Guided, or Advanced, search option that will allow you to easily limit your search terms to specific fields. Boolean operators (and, or, not) are easier to use in this search mode. Additional ways to limit searches are by date, language, peer reviewed journals, and publication.
Refining your search: After your initial few searches, evaluate your results. Are there any aspects of your topic you need to add to your search? Make a note of the subject headings or descriptors attached to your results. You might be able to use these for additional searches. Did you receive too few results? If so, try expanding your search. Limit your search if you retrieved too many records.
Boolean Operator Basics: The Boolean connectors AND, OR, and NOT are often used to combine keywords or concepts when searching electronic databases. Using these operators can make your search more focused, thus yielding more precise search results.
NOT is used to exclude terms from your search. For example, if you did not want to find any references to book reviews, you could try searching for Livy NOT "book review"
For more help with boolean operators, see the boolean operators tutorials in the Research Tutorials page.
You may want to look at our Research Tutorials page, which feature videos that help with searching databases.