Use databases to find citations (and sometimes full text) to articles and other materials. There are specialized databases for various subjects.
Note: some databases use different truncation symbols (* is most common; others include !, $, #). Check the online help if the asterisk doesn’t work.
Books are an especially important format for scholarship in the discipline of history, which distinguishes it from many other disciplines, where scholarly articles are the most important publishing format. In searching for context on your audience, books can provide some of your most important information.
In UW Libraries Search, start your search with a few keywords in the main search box. UW Libraries Search doesn't require the use of Boolean terms like AND, OR or NOT. It automatically inserts an AND between your terms from behind the scenes, so the more keywords you add, the fewer results you will get.