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HIST 114: Issues in the Americas (Patenaude, Winter 2024): Secondary Sources: Articles

Finding journal articles in Quick Find

Quick Find is a search tool that will help you locate research materials in all four campus libraries. You can use this tool to search for peer-reviewed journal articles (although you can search for many other types of materials as well, by changing the Resource Type filters). You can access Quick Find from the Library home page.

To search for journal articles in Quick Find:

  • Log into Quick Find (top right corner of the screen) using your Novell username and password.
  • Enter your search terms (for searching tips, see Archer Library's Quick Find LibGuide).
  • Under Modify my results in the left column, select Peer-reviewed journals (under the Availability heading).
  • Under Resource Type, select Articles.

Screenshot of the "Modify my results" column, including the "Availability" heading, which includes an option to limit results to Peer-reviewed journals, and the "Resource Type" heading, where you can limit results to articles.

  • When you find an item you would like to view, click on the item's title to bring you to the item record.
  • Under the View Online heading, select the database link (or one of the database links; sometimes an article is available in more than one database).
  • Once you are brought to the article's item record, locate the link to the PDF file to view it.

Image of the "View Online" section of an item record in Quick Find, where you can click on a database link (in this case, ABI/INFORM Collection) to access an article.

Please note that if you are working off campus, most of the library's online resources require that you log in with your uregina username and password.

JSTOR

JSTOR is a multidisciplinary database with full-text backfiles of more than 1000 journals. 

Search tips:

  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase (e.g. “First Nations”).
  • Use the * wildcard symbol to replace one or more letters (e.g. technolog* retrieves technology, technological, technologies, technologically, etc.).
  • Use the ? wildcard to replace exactly one letter (e.g. wom?n retrieves woman and women).
  • From the search results page you can narrow your search by selecting filters in the Refine Results column on the left side of the page.

For additional assistance searching in JSTOR, please see the Support link available from the JSTOR homepage.

Interlibrary loans

If you are unable to find a book or article through the library's catalogue or databases, you can make an interlibrary loan (ILL) request to obtain this material from another library.

To place an interlibrary loan request:

  • Go to the ILL Request screen.
  • Log in using your barcode and last name.
  • Under Add request select the type of material you are requesting.
  • Complete the form with as much information as you can.

If you have any questions about this process, just ask for help at Campion Library, or you can check out the ILL webpage for more details. Please note that ILL can take days, or even weeks to complete (since the material is coming from another library), so it's a good idea to plan ahead and start your research early.

Boolean operators

Many databases, including Quick Find, allow you to use Boolean operators (ANDOR, and NOT) to carry out your search.

An explanation of how to use Boolean operators is available from MIT Libraries.