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Historical Studies Library Guide: Databases and Articles

A general guide for students in Historical Studies

Find Articles through the Databases

PRIMO searches across the library catalogue and most of the databases for books, articles, dvds and so on.  So searching on PRIMO will find articles on your topic. 

But one of the most effective ways to find articles on topics related to Historical Studies is to use the databases.

Databases  collect, organise and index information from journals, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations, magazines and other sources.   

Search for articles using databases by typing in keywords that describe your topic.

It is possible to search across a whole range of databases at one time for articles on a particular subject.   Many of these articles will be immediately available in full text, but some only as abstracts (summaries) or citations.    Not all these articles will be available at UCT Libraries,  so you may need to ask Interlibrary Loans to obtain the article for you from another library.

You may access these databases on campus or from your office (Off-campus login required)  through the libraries' homepage.    Log in using your student ID and Novell password.   You'll be taken to the main UCT Libraries web page and from there can access our electronic resources.

Some of the best databases for Historical Studies are:-