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CLAW: Carolina Lowcountry & Atlantic World: Find Slavery Articles

This guide will direct researchers to resources on the topic of the Carolina Lowcountry region and its historical connection to the Atlantic World.

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Find articles related to slavery by searching in these recommended e-journals and databases. Below you will find

  • descriptions for recommended e-journals
  • descriptions for recommended databases 
  • database search strategies.

If you have any questions or would like research assistance, don't hesitate to chat with us or to schedule an appointment with a librarian. 

Recommended E-Journals

Recommended Databases

Database Search Strategies

  • Step 1: Write your topic out in a sentence or question form.
    • Example:​ "How did transatlantic trade networks affect the development of politics and culture in the United States?"
  • Step 2: Break your topic sentence up into main ideas or keywords.
    • Example: transatlantictrade networks, politics, culture, United States
  • Step 3: Create alternate search terms or synonyms that describe each key concept.
    • ​​Example: culture - civilization, society, convention, lifestyle
  • Step 4: Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to make a complete search statement.
    • AND limits or narrows your search to results that mention all your keywords
    • OR broadens your search to include synonyms
    • NOT allows you to exclude synonyms or related concepts from your search
  • Step 5: Add wildcards to search for all possible word endings.
    • A wildcard is usually represented by an asterisk (*). This process is also called truncation. 
    • A wildcard search for culturwill produce results for all related word forms, such as culturalculture, cultures.
  • Step 6: Evaluate your results
    • If you are finding too few results, try these tricks to broaden your search -- 
      • Find a synonym for each keyword
      • Use a broader concept (ship instead of frigate)
      • Use wildcards/truncation
    • If you are finding too many results, try these tricks to narrow your search -- 
      • Add another concept or idea to your search with Boolean operator AND
      • Use more specific concepts (frigate instead of ship)
    • Look for subject categories assigned to an article in the article's record. You may discover new terms that can be used as synonyms or alternative search criteria.

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