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America: History and Life


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Introduction

America: History and Life is a source for United States and Canadian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present. It provides citations and abstracts to articles from over 1700 journals from 1964 to the present. America: History and Life also provides citations to books, book reviews, theses, and dissertations. The publisher, ABC-CLIO, provides about 16,000 new entries each year, America: History and Life is updated monthly, and it provides links to the FULL TEXT of SOME articles. America: History and Life is an excellent source for research in the fields of: American history, Canadian history, popular culture, American studies, genealogy, women's studies/gender studies, multicultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and other fields of study.

America: History and Life is available to current UT Arlington faculty and students at this web addresses:

eresource.uta.edu/cgi/db/db-america.cgi

Searching

A truncation symbol in America: History and Life 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:

(chican* OR latino* OR latina* OR hispanic*) AND (imMiGra* OR migra*)

The first part of this statement will find material about the Latino population. The second part will look for the words "immigra" or "migration". The AND then links the first search statement with the second. This should be an effective way to look for information about hispanic immigration.

John Dillard, Social Work & Social Sciences Librarian
dillard@uta.edu


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