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HIST 231: World War II


Omni includes content from the various research databases to which QUL subscribes but not everything is included.

If you are looking for information on a very specific topic, or a topic that is subject specific, it is recommended that you search databases that specialize in that subject area for more thorough results.

Why Use an Index?

Use an article database to find journal articles on your topic, as well as other materials related to history.    

  • In general, start your searching with a few keywords.  Add more as needed.
  • Be sure to try your topic in more than one database.
  • Read citations and abstracts to get ideas of different keywords to represent your topic.

Some will contain the full text of journals but if the full text is not readily available, click on Get It Link Icon.

If the "Get It" link does not find anything, don't assume that the Library does not hold the item.  A search in Omni for the title of the journal might find it. 

If clicking on a full text link does not take you directly to the article, you will need to navigate a bit to get the article you want - depending on the resource provider.

Key Journal Indexes

America History and Life
Covers the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.
Find citations (and full text) to academic articles on world history (except the U.S. and Canada), from the mid15th century to the present.
Bibliography of British and Irish History
Covers history of the British Isles, and of the British Empire and Commonwealth. Indexes books, articles in collective volumes, and about 700 journals.

Other Relevant Indexes

Academic Search Complete
Multi-disciplinary database of both scholarly and general interest articles. 

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective
Indexes citations to articles from scholarly social science and humanities journals from 1907 to 1984.

Featured Journals

There are many scholarly journals which can be used in this course and which you will find indexed in the various databases.

Some titles include:

Cambridge Historical Journal
Comparative Studies in Society and History
Economic History Review
French Historical Studies
Journal of Contemporary History
The Journal of Modern History
Journal of World History
Past and Present

Evaluate Articles

Articles are important in your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic.

But not all journal articles will be useful for your essay so you will need to evaluate before you use them. 

Consult our guide, Distinguishing Scholarly from Non Scholarly Periodicals, to discover the difference between scholarly, trade and popular periodicals.

How to Search for A Journal using Omni

Once you’re in Omni: 

• Select "Journal Search" from the top menu
• Type in the name of the journal
• Press 

Both print journals and e-journals will appear in your search results if we have access to them. Check the extent of our print holdings and or the years covered online.

Finding Newspaper Articles

To find newspaper articles, you need to consider the following:

  • Time period (recent or historical)
  • Geographical area
  • Articles from a specific newspaper
  • Type of article, e.g front page, editorial

For more information check the Newspapers guide.