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History 154 & 155 (United States): Articles

Research support for United States History courses

Ebsco's History Databases

Best History Databases
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  • Academic Search Complete
  • History Reference Center
  • History Reference eBook Collection
  • MasterFILE Complete
  • Political Science Complete

Online sources for historic newspapers

Off Campus Database Access Instructions

Access the databases directly using your Mott4Me portal login.

Discover your 14 digit barcode on your portal page - lower right side.   Use your student ID number and barcode for Koha and MelCat requests.

Recommended databases for history topics

Search Strategies


Quotation marks:  when searching for a specific 2-3 word topic or phrase, enclose the words in quotation marks for better results; for example:

  • “gun control”
  • “global warming”
  • “fake news”

Multiple keywords:  powerful databases allow you to enter multiple “keywords” for better results.

  • “child abuse” AND prevent*
  • “gun control” AND “background check*”
  • “social work” AND foster


  • Keyword (like Google):  provides everything that matches, including some very strange results.  May give too many results to find the good stuff.

  • Subject keyword:  provides better results, but may still give too many results to look through.

  • Subject Search:  very specific, provides the best results, but may be too narrow and limited; important information may be missed.

  • Wildcard character:  the asterisk (*) is a great tool to give you multiple results of a word ending.  Consider the search “child abuse.”  Change the search to “child abus*” and you will get results from the words: abusing, abuse, abused, abuser, abusers, abuses, (most databases allow wildcard characters, check the help option).

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