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Crusades Research

A guide created for History 499.

Library Databases

The library's databases are your source for scholarly and academic articles!

Bortz Library subscribes to dozens of academic research databases, covering a wide array of subject matter. These databases provide access to articles from academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and more. 

Use the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) search box below to search through all of the library's databases at once, or click on the title of a particular database from the list below to search through just one database. Each database in the list has been included on this guide for its subject coverage and relevance. 

EBSCO Discovery Service
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Database Search Tips

Brainstorm Search Terms

Before you begin searching in an online database, try to think of as many search terms as possible. Think of all the different aspects of your research question and try to generate multiple search terms for those aspects. Come up with synonyms and try the different terms in your search. 

Use Filters to Refine Your Results

All library databases should have filters (like those shown below) on the search results page that will help you narrow down - or expand - your search results. Some of the most useful filters are:

  • Available in Library Collection -- will limit results to just full-text
  • Scholarly/ Peer Reviewed -- will limit results to just academic sources
  • Publication Date -- limits to only specific date ranges
  • Source Type -- limits to specific sources (ebooks, academic journals, videos, etc.)
  • Subject -- limits to subjects that are either closely related or subsets of the current keywords

Relevant Library Databases

Please see a Reference Librarian at the desk on the second floor of the library if you have any questions. We'll be happy to provide more individualized research assistance with your chosen topics.

You can also try searching Google Scholar for articles and book citations. Just remember that Google Scholar will not always be able to link to the full-text of an article or a complete book. 

Google Scholar Search