HS 110 - Historical Studies: The Power of Boycotts: Finding Articles

Access to Databases

All Monmouth University students, faculty and staff have access to subscription databases on campus.



Remote access to databases requires entry of username and password (same as email) for verification.

What is a Scholarly Article?

Scholarly and peer-reviewed articles report on new research. They are published in discipline-specific academic journals in order to make such information available to other scholars and academics. 

  • Scholarly journals are authored by academics, geared to a specific audience and usually published by organizations with an academic focus.
  • Authors are typically experts or scholars in their field. The author's credentials and affiliations are usually listed.
  • The language of scholarly journals is that of the discipline covered. It assumes subject matter knowledge on the part of the reader.
  • Scholarly articles always cite information sources using footnotes, endnotes, and/or bibliographies.
  • Scholarly articles are usually lengthy, and can include charts, graphs, and collected data.
  • A scholarly article may also be peer-reviewed; this type of article must be reviewed and approved for publication by a panel of experts in the field.

Search Tips

Use the word "AND" to combine your keywords to make your search more specific, e.g. "substance abuse" AND "domestic violence."

Use synonyms and alternative or related terms - broader or narrower - to expand your relevant results, e.g. "teenagers" | "adolescents" | "youth"

Use truncation "*" to search for words with common roots without entering them individually, e.g. searching for teen* retrieves "teen," "teens", "teenaged", "teenagers." Use the "star" symbol (hit "shift" key + 8) to add truncation to your search term.

You can limit search results in many databases to academic/peer-reviewed journals, by publication date, or full-text only.

Video: Why Not Google?


Scholarly & Peer Reviewed   Beyond Library Collection
Advanced Search

Suggested Databases

Use these to continue research and target more resources specific to topics explored in this course.

Google Scholar Search - Details & VIdeo

Search Google Scholar for scholarly full-text materials available in addition to those you locate in HawkFind. If you see a link to the right of your results, follow the link to view the full article (you may not have access to all the articles in your search results)Check out the Google Search tips video (created by Concordia University) for additional help, and be sure to access Google Scholar from the Monmouth University website in order to view accessible articles.

Google Scholar Search

Journal Locator

Use Journal Locator to determine whether the MU Library has access to a specific journal or magazine. The article you want may not be available in a database, but could be available in print.  Print holdings of journals can be found on the Library's lower level.  These are shelved alphabetically by title. Learn more with this Journal Locator Tutorial.

Newspaper databases

Newspapers are primary sources that are useful for finding contemporaneous information about events.

NOTE: Monmouth University now has access to the New York Times via its desktop platform. Click here to set up your free account. You must have MU login credentials to access.