Databases allow you to search online reference materials, books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and even websites and videos all at once. Some databases require users to log-in from home, but all the listed databases should be immediately accessible on campus.
Databases are indexed differently and may require different searches to find the information you need. It is always a good idea to choose advanced search and full-text when possible so you can select your filters and read the results online.
Don't forget to use Boolean operators in databases that allow it!
How do boolean operators work? Using the following words in uppercase letters can expand or narrow your search.
AND will search for all items including both terms. For example:
This is a great option if you are getting too many results or results that are not specific enough.
NOT will return less results by returning items that only return one of the terms and exclude the other. For example:
This is a great option if you are getting too many irrelevant results.
OR will search for both terms at once. For example:
This is a great option if you are not getting enough results or are not sure which term the author may have used.
Watch the YouTube video to the right for more information on Boolean operators.
For academic journals, J-stor is a great database to search. Remember to specify language in advanced searching or you may end up with articles in languages you don't understand. You can also narrow your results by putting a check in the disciplines you wish to search. Contact Ms. Foust Colburn if you need access from home.
This college-level resource contains a number of relevant articles for your research. Remember to select both "full-text" and "Scholarly Journals" to find journal articles online.
Use Advanced Searching to get the most targeted results.
There are journals on almost every subject.
Using the databases suggested, I found these journal articles:
Imagery, Symbolism And Tradition In A South African Bantustan: Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Inkatha, And..Harries, Patrick History & Theory 32.4 (1993): 105. Academic Search Premier. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9406070006&site=ehost-live
Jews and the Racial State: Legacies of the Holocaust in Apartheid South Africa, 1945-60.
Gilbert S. Jewish Social Studies Vol. 16, No. 3, (Apr., 2010), pp. 32-64. Academic Search Premier. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=59795535&site=ehost-live