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HIST 287: What If? Alternate Pasts: Journal Articles

Finding Journal Articles

Journal Indexes

Indexes tell you who published what - and give you citations with the author, article title, journal title, volume number, publication date, and page number.
Indexes do not always give you the full text of articles.


Historical Abstracts
Reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).
Published since 1954. Over 2,000 journals published throughout the world are covered.

Humanities Abstracts
Covers English language periodicals in the subject areas of the humanities. Offers detailed abstracts describing the content and scope of source articles. Feature articles are indexed, as well as interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, and reviews of plays, operas, ballets, dance, musicals, movies, television and radio.
Coverage: Indexing - 1984 - present; Abstracting - 1994 - present.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Provides access to current and retrospective bibliographic information and cited references found in nearly 1,150 of the world's leading arts & humanities journals.
Cited reference searching.

Coverage: 1993 - Present

Social Sciences Citation Index
Covers 1,950 scholarly social sciences journals in more than 50 disciplines.
Cited reference searching.

Coverage: 1993 - Present


Popular Magazine Index -
includes news magazines like Time and Newsweek:

Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)

Full Text Databases

A Selection of Library databases with *mostly* Full Text

Full text databases include citations and the full text of the article.

JSTOR - all scholarly sources!

Project MUSE - all scholarly sources!

Proquest Research Library- mix of scholarly and popular sources

Academic OneFile  - mix of scholarly and popular sources
Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals and reference sources. Coverage includes physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text.

OmniFile  - mix of scholarly and popular sources
Full text articles from records in Readers' Guide Abstracts, Social Sciences Abstracts, Humanities Abstracts, General Science Abstracts, and Business Abstracts.

(Please note that each periodical can begin on a different month and year.)

General Reference Center Gold - mix of scholarly and popular sources

Do you have access to a journal?


1.) Online Journals at K
  • Title search on Title of the Journal to locate article in a Full Text Database
2.) Library OneSearch (print)
  • Title search on Title of the Journal to locate print journal
3.) WestCat - Western Michigan's catalog
4.) Interlibrary Loan

 Off-Campus Access to Licensed Resources

Scholarly or Not?

Scholarly Journals

  • Authors are scholars or researchers in their fields.
  • Authors cite their sources in footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.
  • Individual issues have little or no advertising.
  • Articles must go through a peer-review process.
  • Articles usually report original scholarly research.
  • Most illustrations are charts, figures, or graphs.
  • Authors use the specialized language or jargon of the discipline.

Popular Magazines & Newspapers (Time, Newsweek)

  • Authors are free lance writers or magazine staff members.
  • Authors may mention sources, but rarely cite them in notes or bibliographies.
  • Individual issues contain many advertisements.
  • There is no peer review process. Articles are reviewed by editors or publishers.
  • Illustrations are numerous and colorful.
  • Articles are meant to inform and entertain an educated audience.
  • Language is written for the general adult audience (no specialized jargon).