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Key Limitations to Know

You probably have to use several search tools

  • There is no single search box that finds everything on a topic nor even everything in a certain genre/format (e.g. all books, all journals, all articles, all films). 

Starter Searches: topic and known item

Starter Searches: Good for reconnaissance searches to see what's out there or if you have a known citation.

Topic search starters

Known citation search starters

If you know the title of a book, article, or other item, start with "search the library."

Books, journal titles (not articles): select "catalogue only" box on the main library page. Or from results page, select "university of Alberta library" under the databases facet on the bottom-left side.

Specialized History Searches

Historiography Visualization

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