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HIS2070: Doing History: Articles and Databases

A research guide for Dr. Bill Wood's Doing History course.

How to Search Databases Demo Video

Library Databases with Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources through Library Databases

(Note: You will be prompted to enter your PLNU username and password.)


Primary Sources: When using the three EBSCO databases below, in Advanced Search, limit the Publication Type to Primary Source:


Secondary Sources: See the box to the right for a list of history databases. These databases are good places to search for secondary sources on your topic.


Tertiary Sources: Online and Print Encyclopedias

Ryan Library provides hundreds of print encyclopedias in the Reference Area. And we provide access to over 790 reference books simultaneously through Credo Reference database. Encyclopedias are helpful resources to find background information on your topic.

Library Databases on History

Recommended databases for Doing History (HIS2070):

NOTE: Requires a PLNU login.

Additional databases recommended for History students include:

(Hint: Since these are EBSCO databases, you can search the three databases above, along with Academic Search Premier and ATLA, at the same time by clicking on "Choose Databases" once you are inside one of the databases. Check the box of the names of the databases you would like to search simultaneously.)

Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar to access citations to and some full-text of academic articles. Use Interlibrary Loan to request the full article, if needed. NOTE: You will have access to many more full-text articles when searching Google Scholar while on campus at PLNU. When off campus, you will have access to fewer full-text articles. If you would like a librarian to search for a full-text article for you from campus, send an email with the article's citation to RefLib@pointloma.edu.

Google Scholar Search