To find scholarly articles on your topic (secondary sources), use the following databases:
(if you are using a database other than "America: History and Life", remember that you are writing a historical analysis of your topic (not a sociological or psychological analysis), and choose your sources accordingly.
America: History and Life
Start with this database which provides access to articles from history journals on all aspects of U.S. history and life.
LGBT Life with Full-Text
Provides access to the world's literature regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues. This database contains indexing and abstracts for more than 80 LGBT-specific core periodicals as well as hundreds of other select titles in various disciplines. Also includes the full text of 50 of the most significant LGBT journals and magazines.
Women's Studies International
The ultimate women's studies resource! Includes over 540,000 records drawn from a variety of essential women's studies databases.
Provides full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, political science, and other fields of the humanities and social sciences. Be aware that the current issues (current 2 or 3 years) are not included.
To get a list of all the databases available at SCU, go to the library home page and click on the DATABASES tab.
How to Search the Databases:
Just enter keywords describing your topic. Use the connector AND between your keywords or enter keywords in different search boxes. For example if you are interested in the history of discrimination towards gays and lesbians in the workplace, you could do a search like this:
You can use synonyms or related terms to describe your topics. For example, gay* or lesbian* or homosexual* in the search above.
You can also use an asterisk at the end of a word to retrieve various endings. For example, homosexual* would retrieve homosexual, homosexuals, as well as homosexuality.
When you look at your list of results in the database, If the full-text of an article is not readily available , click on the FIND IT AT SCU icon to see if it's available in another database or in print in the library. If it's not you will have the option of using the Interlibrary Loan Service. It's free and very fast!