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World in the 20th Century Research LibGuide

Use Western Library databases for World History Class Resesrch


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Reach out to a librarian if you have any questions about finding information in the library databases. Use the Ask-a-Librarian button at the left, or check beneath my profile pic below to see if I'm online for a Chat or feel free to reach out to me via email as well! I'm happy to help!

Find Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Articles

scholarlyPeer-reviewed articles appear in academic journals (also known as scholarly journals). Peer-reviewed articles are written by professionals and experts in their field - researchers, academics/scholars, scientists, etc.  When they submit articles to a journal the articles is not reviewed by the editor but a panel of experts (peers) in the same field.  They read and evaluate a paper (article)  and recommend whether the paper should be published, revised, or rejected. Articles that are accepted for publication meet the expected standards for the field.


When you perform a database search look for a checkbox that allows you to filter for peer-reviewed articles.

GALE Databases (upper right of page)EBSCO Databases (left column )

Databases Tutorials for Peer-Reviewed (Scholarly) Articles

There are two excellent general topic databases, Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) and Academic OneFile (Gale), that serve as a great starting point for your research. In the videos below you will learn to use these databases specifically, to find scholarly article but you will also learn to use the dozens of other databases created by the companies EBSCO and Gale. Most EBSCO and Gale databases look and function the same way.

Note: I know sometimes it's not easy or convenient to listen to an audio recording. The videos are closed-captioned so if you prefer to read than to listen, you have that option.

More Databases for World History Research

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