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Undergraduate Research Programs - Humanities: Searching on the Web

Some tips for searching on the web

Use search terms that describe the perfect result -- e.g. "history of the war on drugs book"

Pay attention to results that come from university archives -- often schools have special collections that could be relevant to your research. (See examples below)

Be on the lookout for museums -- they may have collections relevant to your research. (See examples below)

Be aware of the different between Google and Google Scholar.

Google will find you a wider number of sources (which may or may not be helpful!).

Google Scholar will narrow your focus to scholarly / academic articles.

Simple Google Search Tips

Newspaper Databases

You may find information on collections and other materials through newspapers. Some newspaper databases available at UC Merced include the following.