Before you search the databases below, make sure that you've listed the key concepts and ideas in your research and that you create a list of any synonyms for those concepts to use as keywords in your search. Read carefully each set of results as a group of short documents: look for new concepts, named persons, named events, organizations, etc. that could be used to improve additional searches.
When you find a relevant citation, click on "Check the RIC library" to open another window which will indicate if the library has access to the journal and in what format (print or online or some of each for different spans of years). If the next display does not contain a link to the journal title or to Full Text, then use the "Request this item" link to request through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). REMEMBER: requests for articles held in Rhode Island will require a MINIMUM of 5 - 7 days; those outside RI will require longer.
COVID update: walk-in access to many of these other HELIN and Rhode Island libraries may still be unavailable. Please Request articles through ILL and indicate on your ILL form if there is an end date by which the article must be received. DO NOT say "ASAP" - the ILL folks ALWAYS do that. If you need the article immediately, consider doing a TITLE search for the JOURNAL (not the article) in the Library Catalog to see if the JOURNAL is held at another Rhode Island library where you still have walk-in access and can copy it.
To look for a specific periodical whose title you know (i.e. Journal of world history) , click on the JOURNALS by Title link on the Library home page. A search for the journal, Journal of World History, for example, indicates what years (issues) are owned by Adams Library and in what format: print or electronic.
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab [OWL] makes a more detailed guide to Chicago style available on their website.
Since the Rhode Island College History Department uses the Chicago bibliographic citation style in a modified way, the final arbiter of correct usage is your professor.
The Chicago Manual of Style was not created to support the needs of historians specifically. And so, though it is hundreds of pages long, there are still some unusual items, especially primary sources, which Chicago may not address thoroughly or at all. Consider consulting Evidence explained : citing history sources from artifacts to cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills in the Adams Library Reference Collection: Ref D5 .M55 2007 for examples of sources such as cemetery records, voter rolls, deeds, etc.