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HIST 147B: Modern China (Hu): Scholarly Articles


To find scholarly articles on your topic, use the following databases:

What is a scholarly article?

Search Strategies

  • First select a database from the list on the left

  • Before you start your research, try focusing your topic by writing a one sentence research question. For example: 
    • What role did women play during the Cultural Revolution in China?
  • Identify the main ideas in your research question.
    • Cultural Revolution
    • China 
    • Women (or gender)
  • Use an asterisk to find variations of a word, for example Chin*  will retrieve China and Chinese  
  • Use synonyms or related terms (women or gender)
  • Use quotes around a phrase ("cultural revolution")
  • Then, enter your keywords in the database search boxes.  Separate synonyms/related terms with  the OR connector.  
    For example: 


  • Limit your search to "Peer Reviewed (Scholarly) Journals" if this option is available. 

Getting the full-text of database articles:

1. If the database you are using has the full-text article, just  click on the link (pdf or htmil).

2. If the full-text is not available, click on Find It@SCU Libraries:

  • Is the article available in another database (e.g., Wilson OmniFile, JSTOR)? If so, click on the link and follow the citation information (e.g., volume, issue, date of publication, etc.)
  • Does the library have this journal in print? Go to the OSCAR record and request the issue you need from the ARS.
  • If the library doesn't have access to the full-text of the article, you will be offered the option of ordering it through the interlibrary loan service (which is free).