Historical Abstracts

Description

Historical Abstracts is an annotated index to scholarly material on the history of the world, excluding United States and Canada, from 1450 to the present. Coverage includes citations from journals published worldwide since 1955, as well as book/media reviews and dissertations. While the focus is on non-United States, there may be resources for United States relationships with other countries; other materials may also cover earlier eras of history. Full-text of some articles is available online. The companion index, America, History and Life, covering articles published since 1964, will cover research for the United States and Canada; although these areas may be covered in articles on topics relating other countries to those areas.

BASIC SEARCH

For basic Keyword searching, enter a word or phrase to retrieve entries that contain all of the words. Combine keywords in assigned fields by selecting specific search fields from the list of choices.

Use quotation marks around a phrase to search for words appearing only in that order.

Example: "mediterranean sea"     - - - -     Finds citations that contain the phrase MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Combine terms using AND, OR, or NOT.

AND = Example: france and england     - - - -     Finds citations that contain both FRANCE and ENGLAND
OR    = Example: france or england     - - - -     Finds citations that contain either FRANCE or ENGLAND
NOT = Example: france not england     - - - -     Finds citations that contain FRANCE but not ENGLAND

Truncate terms with * to search for various word endings.

Example: histor* searches for history, histories, historical, etc.

Truncate terms by using a ? in place of individual letters within words to search for terms with various spellings.

Example: wom?n searches for woman and women

 

ADVANCED SEARCH

In the Advanced Search for Historical Abstracts, there are separate search boxes and indexes for subject, author, language, document type, journal name, time period, etc. To search a specific field, type term(s) in the appropriate search box.

To browse an index, click on the open book icon to the right of the appropriate search box. From the alphabetical list retrieved, the number in parentheses after each term indicates how often it appears in the database. Select terms and variants to add to the search by checking the boxes to the left of each term in the index list. To use the index to seach for specific terms, type the word(s) into the search box and hit the Find Terms button. After terms are selected and marked, click on the Add Checked Terms to Your Search button.


Use the Time Periods index to search for historical date ranges. Decades are denoted with a D after the date, centuries with an H.
Example: 2000D covers the years 2000-2010; 2000H covers the 21st century

Help is available any time during the search. Click on the Help button on the left side of the screen.

Result List

Short Entry/Full Entry � The default is a short entry display. The short entry provides document type (article, book/media review, dissertation), author, title, and bibliographic citation. The full entry display includes the same information with the abstract (for articles), language, time period, and subject terms. Click on in the lower right-hand side of the record to view the full entry.

Tagging � Mark records to view, print, E-mail, or save to a disk. Check the box next to the word Tagged at the beginning of a record to mark it. To view only those selected entries, click on View Tagged Only beneath any of the bibliographic citations.

Print, E-mail, and Save

    To print, E-mail, or save results, select the Export Options button on the left side of the screen.

Print1.Select the entry format (full entries include an abstract, if available).
2.Select All Entries or Tagged Entries.
3.Select ASCII Display to remove extra graphics.
4.Click on the Export Records button, then click on the Display ASCII Output button. The entries will appear reformatted for printing.
5.Select the browser's Print button.

Save1.Select the entry format (full entries include an abstract, if available).
2.Select All Entries or Tagged Entries.
3.Select ASCII Display to remove extra graphics.
4.Click on the Export Records button, then click on the Display ASCII Output button. The entries will appear reformatted for printing.
5.From the browser bar, choose File, Save As, select the a:/ drive, and type in a file name.

E-mail1.Select the entry format (full entries include an abstract, if available).
2.Select All Entries or Tagged Entries.
3.Select the Output Type from the list of choices.
4.Enter the E-mail information in the boxes provided.
5.Click on the Send button.

Locating Documents at UWM Libraries
  1. To determine if the UWM Libraries own a specific journal or book cited in the results list or has the full text of the journal available in another online resource, click at the bottom of the citation. (Some entries may not have the link; check the full entry for more information to check PantherCat.)
  2. If the journal is available full text in an online resource, select the database of choice from the options given and follow the instructions to locate the article.
  3. If the journal is not available full text in an online resource, follow the link to the UWM Libraries to check for print holdings. A link to the UWM Libraries catalog here does not indicate that the libraries own any volumes - follow the link to check the catalog for holdings. If the UWM Libraries has this title, display the record and identify call number, holdings information (i.e., does the library own the date/volume needed?), location, and format. "Latest issues" are located in the Current Periodicals Room (Lower Level, West Wing). Issues listed under "Library has" are located in either the stacks or the special location listed under Location or in Notes.
  4. Dissertations included in the database may be requested or purchased through Interlibrary Loan; these may not have the FindIt link in the entry (citation link indicates source of DAI). Book titles not listed in PantherCat may be requested from another library.
  5. If a title does not appear in the libraries' catalog nor is available full text online, request journal articles through Interlibrary Loan and the books/dissertations through UW System borrowing, InfoPass, or Interlibrary Loan. Inquire at the RIS Ask a Librarian Desk for assistance.

E-mail Alert Service

Set up an E-mail alert service to be notified of new, pertinent, entries from Historical Abstracts.
  1. Set up a search profile and receive e-mails when items matching the profile are added. Up to 10 different alerts are available.
  2. To set up a profile, click on [ view ], then new profile, next to Personal Profile at the bottom of the Basic Search screen.
  3. Follow the instructions, including typing in a username (must be unique to the database). Insert your name, e-mail address, and password. Additional information or other available alert services are listed in the RIS Library Guide Email Alert Services.

CLIO Notes

Access CLIO Notes from the main search page of Historical Abstracts. Click on to browse chronologies and concise summaries of significant events and themes in world history. A search box appears at the end of each summary which provides suggested search strategies and allows users to move directly from CLIO Notes to the Historical Abstracts database.

llb(sc/jd): 05/26/2006


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