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HIST 4290: Enslavement in the Americas (Fuller/Spring 2020): Articles

Key Article Databases for History @ GSU

Keywords and Subject Terms

When searching databases, try Library of Congress subject terms as keywords.

Examples might be:

  • Examples might be:

  • Maroons (for more specific colonies/regions, try searches like Maroons Jamaica or Maroons Caribbean Area -- switch out other colony names or region names)
  • Fugitive Slaves (try Fugitive Slaves Jamaica or similar strategies as with Maroons, above)
  • Slave Insurrections (again, add colony or region names to get more specific)
  • Slave Trade Caribbean Area (or other country/region: FranceAtlantic Ocean RegionUnited States)
  • Cuba History (or start with another colony/regional name: Florida History, Jamaica History, Antigua History, Atlantic Ocean Region History
  • Spain Colonies America Race Relations (try substituting other colonizing countries in place of Spain: Denmark Colonies, etc.)
  • France Commerce America History (start with colonizing country name, like SpainEnglandDenmark, and so on for resources on Atlantic trade)
  • Garifuna Caribbean people
  • If you have identified particular individuals' or organizations'  names, those can also be useful search terms.
  • You can also try searching by names of events, for example: Maroon War (Jamaica: 1795-1796)

And so on...


Databases may not use the same subject terms as the library catalog. It's always wise to look at any subject terms that come up in an article's record to see what "official" terms are being used and to get more ideas of useful search terms. 

Many databases also have a link to a "Thesaurus," which you can use to find out that databases' subject terms. Click "Thesaurus," type in your search term, and the thesaurus will direct you to terms which that database uses for that term.

Subject Article Databases Available @ GSU

These databases focus on specific disciplines that may also be useful for your research, depending on your topic.

You can also use the dropdown "Find by Subject" box in the Articles / Databases tab to identify relevant databases by subject.

Subject-specific research guides can also help you find more databases for your topic.

Using Find It @GSU

Many databases give you only a citation telling you where to find the article, not the article itself.

This button is often a shortcut to the full article text in another database:

Click the Find It @GSU button to open a window with links to the article you need.

If that fails, try searching for the journal title in GIL-Find, or use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request it from another library.

Lost? Stuck? Too many options? Ask a Librarian for help.

Finding Articles

Use keyword searching in relevant databases. Brainstorm different keywords for your topic and see what happens.

Use Boolean searching (AND, OR, NOT) to expand or narrow your searches. 

Use the drop-down boxes in the database's Advanced Search to help you narrow or expand your search.

When you find a relevant item, click on the record and look for subject terms. Clicking on a subject term will bring up other related items.

Try your keywords and subject terms in other databases, and see what you find!