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Historical Abstracts

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Historical Abstracts has long been recognized as a leading bibliographic database for historical study of the world from the year 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada). Historical Abstracts currently covers over 1,700 journals published worldwide in over forty languages. The database comprises over 720,000 entries from periodicals, with FULL-TEXT links to over 135,000 articles and dissertations. The publisher, ABC-CLIO, provides about 16,000 new entries each year,

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A truncation symbol in Historical Abstracts is an asterisk (*). When this symbol is put at the end of a word, the database will be searched for all of the possible endings--suffixes--for that root word. For example, the command "histor*" will have the computer look for: "history," "historical," and all other endings.

Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous. It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression that contains an OR. Here is an example:

(homeless* or runaway*) AND (POLICY OR POLICIES)

The first part of this statement will find material about homelessness and runaways. The second part will look for the words "policy" or "policies". The AND then links the first set with the second. This should be an effective way to look for policy or policies dealing with adults and youth without shelter.

John Dillard, Social Sciences Librarian

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