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History: Articles

Finding Articles

For scholarly sources on general topics, search in a database related to your topic.

How do I use library databases?

To access library databases off-campus, log in with the 14-digit barcode number on your MHC ID Card. You can also find your barcode number online in your student dashboard. 

Scholarly Sources

Most research papers require the use of scholarly (academic) journal articles. 

A scholarly journal article:

  • is written by an identifiable author(s) with appropriate credentials (the author is an expert in the field)
  • includes a reference list/bibliography/works cited page
  • provides an in-depth treatment of the topic (at least 5-7 pages long, up to 20+ pages)
  • is academic and aimed at researchers (not the general public)
  • does not usually include photos or advertising
  • may be identified in library databases as "scholarly", "peer-reviewed", or "research articles"

Magazines, newspapers, and reference-type websites such as Wikipedia are not considered scholarly.

Most library databases include a search feature to limit results to "Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed" articles.