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Western Intellectual History


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 index to find journal articles on your topic, as well as other materials related to history.    

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 (or book) 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 Indexes

Time period is from 1450 to the present. Indexes over 1700 journals published worldwide, selected books and dissertations.
Indexes the major historical journals as well as book reviews.

Other Relevant Indexes 

 ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
Leading international index journal articles, essays and book reviews in theology and religious studies.

Covers all aspects of European medieval studies from 450 to 1500.
Electronic journal archive, includes such titles as: Cambridge Historical Journal, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal of the History of Ideas, The Historical Journal, and Western Intellectual History.
Scholarly electronic journals include such titles as: History of Political Economy, Journal of Democracy, and Journal of the History of Ideas.

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.

How to Search for a Journal using Omni

Once you’re in Omni: 

• Select the ‘journal title exact" option
• Type in the name of the journal
• Press "Search". 

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

Google Scholar

Can't resist the urge to Google?

Google Scholar
Use this search engine to search specifically for scholarly literature including books, peer-reviewed articles, theses, pre-prints, and technical reports.

Google Scholar is especially useful when doing a quick search on a topic but less useful when you want an overview of literature on a certain topic,

For the pros and cons of searching Google Scholar, check this guide from ECU Libraries.