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Fullerton College Library

History of the United States

This guide is an entryway to the library's resources on American history.

Limiting Your Search

Limit Your Search by Publication date or Source Type

Most of the databases have tools to help you limit your search. In OneSearch and the EBSCO databases for example, you can limit your search by publication date or source type. You can limit your results to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals using the tools on the left-hand side of the screen. However, do NOT limit your search at the beginning of your research. You should use limiters like "scholarly peer-reviewed articles" after you've looked at all types of results for keywords and ideas that will help you construct the most effective searches.

Common database limiters

You can also click on Show More above to limit to your choice of publication sources.

Limiting Results by Search Fields

Limiting by Search Field

You can use the drop down search fields to narrow your search. For example, the SUBJECT field contains terms that describe the main subject content of the article or book. Always start by NOT limiting your search fields so you can see everything in your search results. Use the field limiters if you retrieve too many results. The Subject or Abstract (summary) fields are useful for narrowing your search.

limit by fields such as subject or abstract

This increases the chance that the articles and books you retrieve will focus more on the keywords that you have selected.