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HIS104 United States History 2 - Greene: Research

Reference Sources


Gale Virtual Reference Library 


Credo Reference 

for subject specific reference sources to 

  • establish a working knowledge of your topic
  • identify key people/dates/events related to your topic
  • develop search vocabulary
  • define technical/specialized vocabulary used in journal articles. 

Reference sources should NOT be cited in your paper. 

Search History Research Databases

Use these resources to find ...


scholarly articles from history journals

Academic Search Premier

journal, magazine, and newspaper results with an interdisciplinary approach

Academic OneFile

journal, magazine, and newspaper results with an interdisciplinary approach

Google Scholar

article citations. (You may not find full text links to articles (pdfs). If this is the case, check citations in the Library's databases or request them via interlibrary loan.)

Journal Title Search


if NSCC Libraries have full text access to a particular journal in print or online (search by journal title)


Databases often allow you to limit your results to show only items from scholarly journals. This limiter can be denoted as either scholarly, peer reviewed, or refereed. Using this limiter will not filter out book reviews, literature reviews, or editorials/commentaries which are components of scholarly journals, but are not appropriate sources for your assignment.  

Article Analysis

Learn what a scholarly journal and research article are, and understand the different sections of them. (Credit: University of Texas - San Antonion Libraries)

Is it scholarly?

There are specific indicators that aid in identifing whether a source is scholarly, these include:


-general appearance

-number of citations

-author (who is it)

-language (level)

-purpose or intent of publication

-intended audience.

Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals (adapted from Cornell University Library), discusses these cues and gives examples of all article types on the scholarly/formal to popular/informal spectrum.