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Get Started with American History Resources

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


JSTOR provides many full-text scholarly articles in the field of history but does not provide access to the most current years; instead, coverage usually ends about 3-5 years ago, depending on the journal.

Conducting a Search

The screenshot examples below search for only articles about the "boston massacre".

  • I used quotes to search for words together as a phrase (i.e. "boston massacre").
  • I checked the box next to Articles under Item Type to show just articles in my search results.

In the JSTOR database, type boston massacre with quotation marks into the first search box and check the box next to Articles under Item Type


Reviewing Search Results

This search found 880 articles related to the Boston Massacre.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Results are automatically sorted by relevance, so the most relevant articles are displayed first in the list of results.
  • To read an article, click on the Download PDF button and accept JSTOR's terms. 

The search retrieved 880 search results that are sorted by relevance and can be downloaded by clicking the Download PDF button

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