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A guide to library resources about History.


Break down your thesis into concepts. Develop a list of synonyms.

EXAMPLE: Italian immigrants AND Brazil

Combining different terms gives you different results.


Clearly define your thesis statement. Trouble spots to look out for:

Too Broad - EXAMPLE: Italian immigration

  • Solution: add another concept to your topic which will narrow your thesis and make it more focused.
    EXAMPLE: Italian immigration and women

Too Narrow - EXAMPLE: Italian immigration AND women AND "family income"

[NOTE: to search a phrase use quotes]

  • Solution: Remove one secondary concept from your thesis.
    EXAMPLE: Italian immigration AND women AND "family income"

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Finding Articles with Summon

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Screenshot of Summon our library search tool.

On the results page, you can include or exclude types of publications, content, disciplines, subjects, etc. Look at the options on the left of your screen for ways to LIMIT YOUR SEARCH.

Full Text Online limits your search to articles full text in various databases or to links to full text in the catalog.

Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed Publications will provide materials that are scholarly in nature

CONTENT TYPE allows you to limit by the type of source.

PUBLICATION DATE allows you to limit material to a specific date or date range.

DISCIPLINE Depending on the focus of your research you may want to limit by field of study

SUBJECT TERMS will pull up a list allowing you to exclude subject headings or limit to more specific subject terms.