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Slide1:  ABC-CLIO Overview of Historical Abstracts Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada) http://serials.abc-clio.com Slide2:  This guide is designed to help you: Familiarize yourself with the database Build a simple and advanced search Understand and use the results of your searches Slide3:  Published since 1955 Covers over 2,000 academic journals in more than 40 languages Includes over 713,000 entries, with more than 22,000 new abstracts and citations of journal articles, books, and dissertations added annually Full-text links to over 131,000 articles available from JSTOR, History Cooperative, University of California Press, ProjectMUSE, Oxford University Press, Taylor andamp; Francis journals, Swets Blackwell, and Ingenta What is Historical Abstracts? The complete reference guide to the history of the world (excluding the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present Links to 18 free journals including H-Net Reviews, Journal for Multimedia History, Irish Geography, Screening the Past, North Star, and many more Slide4:  Each year, approximately 2,000 journals are screened for articles and books of interest to historians The database contains a selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities for use by those in other areas of study As each journal is screened entries are created and loaded into the database Full-text links from partners that include JSTOR, Project Muse and ProQuest allow users to link directly from the abstract to over 131,000 articles, book reviews, dissertations, and theses What type of information will I find in Historical Abstracts? Slide5:  The Search Screen There are two types of searches: Basic and Advanced Basic Search contains the Keyword and Subject Term search fields Advanced Search contains the basic search fields as well as seven additional fields (see next slide for detail) To switch between the search screens, use the Advanced/Basic button on the navigation bar Customize the search screen by adding or removing various search fields from the screen Further refine your search results by limiting to a particular type of entry The Search Fields:  The Search Fields There are a total of nine search fields to choose from: Keyword Subject Term Author/Editor Title Language Journal Name Publication Date Time Period Entry Number Roll the cursor over the name of a field for a description and examples Select the book icon located next to the search field to select terms for searching or as an index of terms Using the Search Fields:  Using the Search Fields Do NOT use punctuation in any search field The Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT are available in each field OPERATOR: AND RESULTS: Retrieves entries containing the first term AND the second term (The AND operator is assumed if there are no operators placed between multiple terms in a field) OPERATOR: OR RESULTS: Retrieves entries containing the first term OR the second term OPERATOR: NOT RESULTS: Retrieves entries that do NOT contain the term that follows Using the Search Fields:  Using the Search Fields WILDCARD: * RESULTS: If the exact spelling of a word is unknown, insert an asterisk (*) for an indeterminate number of unknown letters EX: Archiv* retrieves entries with the terms archive, archives, archival, etc. WILDCARD: ? RESULTS : If the exact spelling of a word is unknown, insert a question mark (?) for each unknown letter EX: Wom?n retrieves entries with the terms woman and women Slide9:  Using the Search Fields Please keep these hints in mind when using the search fields FIELD: Keywords DEFINITION: A word or term that is located in any part of an entry. A keyword search is the broadest type of search and results in the most entries FIELD: Subject Terms DEFINITION: Selected by the database editors, these terms are directly related to the content of an entry. Each entry has one or more subject terms associated with it. A subject search will retrieve more focused results. TIP: The index of search terms contains a list of all terms found in the database, along with the number of times it’s found in all entries. Use it to expand your search to related terms Slide10:  FIELD: Author DEFINITION: Retrieves articles by author/editor name TIP: Enter author name, first or last, in any order. Do not include punctuation EX: John Williams retrieves all articles with John and Williams in author field including those coauthored by J. Breen and John Williams FIELD:Titles/Translations DEFINITION: Only retrieves entries in which the selected words are present in the title or title translation FIELD: Languages DEFINITION: Use this field to limit your search to entries in specific languages. A blank field will retrieve results in all languages Using the Search Fields Slide11:  FIELD: Journal Names DEFINITION: Retrieves entries that contain all or part of the journal title TIP: The journal index contains a list of all journals covered in the database along with the number of entries covered TIP: For a complete list of all journals covered in both databases, select Journal List from the navigation bar FIELD: Publication Dates DEFINITION: Enter a four-digit year that corresponds to the entry’s publication date FIELD: Entry Numbers DEFINITION: Retrieves entries matching those in the printed version of the index EX: 30:134 retrieves entry 134 from vol. 30 Using the Search Fields Slide12:  Using the Search Fields FIELD: Time Periods DEFINITION: The time period field refers to the span of time covered in the article, not to the publication date TIP: Enter one or more round dates, followed by either an H (for Hundreds [Centuries]) or a D (for Decades) EX: '1800H OR 1900H' retrieves any records dealing with either the 19th or 20th centuries EX : '1900H AND 2000H' retrieves records that cover BOTH the 20th and 21st centuries TIP: To search for a range of dates, you must enter each decade or century individually EX: '1900D OR 1910D OR 1920D' will retrieve records covering 1900-1929 Slide13:  Running a Search Before running a search, use the Display Options fields to customize the results by: Selecting the number of entries displayed per page Sorting the results, in ascending or descending order, in the following fields: Author Date Journal Name Language Type Automatically tagging all search results for easy export Slide14:  Interpreting Your Results The results to your search will automatically display as short records Short records include the following fields Type of Entry Author/Editor Entry Title Citation To expand a record, click the Expand Record link located in the lower right-hand corner of each short entry display Expanded Records include the following fields Abstract Time Period Language Keyword Terms Entry Number Slide15:  Interpreting Your Results If full-text links for an entry are available, they will appear in the short entry display. To access the full-text article online, click on the link If full-text links are not available, use the resource links to check availability at up to two local catalogs or the online catalog of the Library of Congress OpenURL links and an InterLibrary Loan Request form are also available To email a single record, enter an email address in the 'Email To' field located in each entry To email multiple records, see the Export Options slide Slide16:  Refining Your Search Use the following tips to help refine your search: Expand the Search Details to see a step-by-step record of the search process Use the Refine Search link on the Navigation toolbar to return to the Search Screen The search fields that were filled out for the current search will remain intact The Search History link on the Search Screen allows you to rerun previous searches (within a single search session) Clicking on the link will automatically rerun the search Slide17:  Exporting Your Results Use the export options screen to print, email, or manage select entries First, select the type of entry to export Next, select which entries to export Finally, select Output Type Create a printer friendly version using ASCII Display Export to a spreadsheet by selecting Tab-Delimited Display Select RefWorks to export entries to an individual or institution account Select ProCite, EndNote, or Reference Manager to export to a citation manager Send your results to one or more recipients by filling in the To field with addresses (separate multiple addresses with a space) Slide18:  ClioNotes Don’t know where to begin your search? Use ClioNotes to get started Provides guided searching to ensure targeted results Organized by region and time period Browse chronologies and brief summaries of significant events and themes in world history Suggested research topics and easy-to-use search tools, provided within each topic area, allow you to research the entire database for articles, books, collections, and dissertations Slide19:  Personal Profile Receive automatic notification of new database entries with Personal Profile Monthly email updates contain the short-entry displays of any new entries matching your specific search criteria Save up to ten different profiles Search America: History and Life and/or Historical Abstracts simultaneously Construct each alert using the Subject Terms, Author, Time Period, Language, and Document Type fields To ensure success with a profile, use search criteria that have proven effective for searches Access the profile screens via the link on the search screen Slide20:  Help/Support There are multiple places to turn within the database for help: Roll your mouse over the Help button in the navigation bar for a pop-up containing some quick tips For more detailed help, select the 'User Guide' or 'More Help' links within the pop-up You may also request email support using the links available at the bottom of every page For assistance with searching or to report content errors, select 'Content Support' For site-related technical problems, select 'Technical Support' To visit our discussion forum, select 'Forum Support' Slide21:  Awards and Reviews Outstanding Academic Title 1999 - CHOICE 'America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts are the standard, preeminent indexes available in historical research. (If you had any doubts about this, witness the desire of others to partner with them to gain access to their content.) So any library—public, academic, historical, or high school—that can afford these two should provide access to them.' - NetConnect In today's marketplace, there are few bibliographic databases of which it can be said that there are no true competitors ... America: History and Life (AHL), taken with its companion database Historical Abstracts (HA), is one of these—together these two products form the largest bibliographic database currently available in the field of history ... In sum, the Web versions of both AHL and HA are highly recommended for all academic libraries.' - Electronic Resources Review

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