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HIST 240 The Civil War: Find Scholarly Articles

Useful Databases

  • Search for journals, magazines and newspaper in library databases 

Search for Civil War Era topics using the Timeline Limiter to find articles, photos, maps and videos.

Special Issues

Searching Databases For Scholarly Articles

  • Why use different source types?

Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Journals: 
Scholarly Journals are written in an academic style by researchers who are experts in their field. These articles will give you detailed and in depth research on a narrow topic.    

Popular Magazines:
Magizines cover popular interests and current events. These articles will give you a general overview of a topic and an idea of the public opinion on the issue.   

Newspapers cover daily reporting and editorials. For topics about the Civil War it will be best to use historic articles written during the Civil War.

  • Limit results to scholarly journal articles in your database searches:

1. First, search library databases (list is in box to the left ). Example:

2. Next, limit your results to "peer-reviewed" articles

Note: this option is usually in the left or right hand side of the result list.  It may look like:


Can't find the full text of an article?

Can't find the full text of an article?

1. Note down the author, title of journal/magazine, title of article, date, volume and issue number

2. Make an Interlibrary Loan Request (using the link below) so that the article can be emailed to you to borrow (note: this process may take a couple days) 

Peer Reviewed Academic Journals

  • Browse journals that regularly publish academic articles concerning the Civil War.