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Kreitzberg Library for CGCS Students

Get Started with American History Resources

This guide will help you learn how to search the major databases for finding resources in American history.

About America History and Life Full Text

America: History and Life Full Text is a database of historical scholarly journals, magazines, books and more covering the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

Conducting a Search

The screenshot examples below search for peer-reviewed articles about the "boston massacre".

  • I used quotes to search for words together as a phrase (i.e. "boston massacre").
  • I clicked the green search button to find articles.


Put your keywords boston massacre in quotation marks to search for the words together as a phrase and click the green Search button to find articles.

Reviewing Search Results

This search found 66 articles.

  • Check the box next to Peer Reviewed from the options in the menu on the left to show just scholarly journal articles in your results.
  • Results are sorted by relevance with the most relevant articles appearing at the top of the list.
  • If the full text is not available, click on the Check for Full Text button. This will allow you to search in other databases or request it through Interlibrary Loan. 

The search for journal articles found 66 results. Check the box next to peer review from the options on the left side of the page to find just scholarly journal articles.


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