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Key Database

Historical Abstracts is the best database to use when looking for scholarly journal articles in the field of British history including  for the period 1450 to the present. 

Tips for searching Historical Abstracts:

  • Search tip about using limits: If you go to advanced search, you can limit to articles in "Document Type."  Also, you may want to search for articles about a particular era by using putting a date range in the "Historical Period."
  • Finding the full-text: If the compete article isn't available in the database, clicking on this icon will search UW holdings to see whether a full text version is available online.


Featured Journal

How do I know if an article is peer reviewed?

Step 1:  Check the peer review status of the JOURNAL.

Search for your title in Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.

When you find your journal, look for a "referee shirt" symbol.  The symbol will appear next to any journal title that is peer reviewed and/or refereed (interchangeable terms).

Step 2:  If the JOURNAL is peer reviewed, then assess the ARTICLE.

Is it a full research article?  If your article is a short news brief, an editorial, a letter to the editor, or a re-print of a conference proceeding, it is not peer reviewed.

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Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites>

How to access UW Restricted materials in Google Scholar:

  1. From the Google Scholar homepage
  2. On the next page, click the "Library links" option that appears in the left-hand menu.
  3. Using the search box, search on "University of Washington" to reveal the access link labeled "University of Washington - Full Text @ UW." Check the box next to this option, then click "save."

Tip: If you don't see the "University of Washington - Full Text @ UW" link on the first page of results, click the ">" icon to see more results. 

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