"Select a Field" searches in the title, abstract and subject fields. This will ensure that the terms used form a major focus of the citations retrieved without your having to know the exact Subject Terms in advance.
BE SURE to consider using the Historical Period feature to limit your results to the date range of a particular historical phenomenon such as a monarch’s reign [ Nicholas II, 1894-1917 ] or a named event [ RussiaHistoryRevolution, 1905-1907 ]. This ensures that all citations retrieved will be focused on the period of interest.
This database permits truncation using an asterisk [ * ] at the end of the root of the word, e.g. civil* will also retrieve "civilian."
NOTE the "Publication Type" facets permit you to choose to view only general Periodicals (of which there are very few covered by this index) or only Academic Journals.
Toward the right of each citation, NOTE the icon of a blue file Folder. Use this Folder function to group useful citations together in order to print, save or email them. Once you begin to use this feature, the FOLDER icon in the top frame will show an open file Folder View in which the references you've chosen, as well as the article text if it is linked to the citation, will be stored, waiting for you to Save, Print or Email them. Be aware; LINKED Full Text is NOT stored INSIDE the Historical Abstracts database but rather on an external server such as the publisher's, and only the link (not the full text) will be included with its associated citation when emailed or saved.
At the end of an article citation, you may see the link "Cited References" and a number. If so marked, the bibliography of the article can be displayed without direct access to the article by using this link. References to primary sources, as well as other relevant secondary sources, may be gleaned from the bibliographies of scholarly articles. Never abandon a source in hand without checking the notes and bibliography.
Finally, you can choose further LIMIT(s) for your search by returning to the initial Advanced Search screen or by choosing "Show more..." from the left-hand facet frame. Limits include: Historical Period, Publication Type (i.e. Conference Paper), Abstract Available, Peer Reviewed, Publication (insert the name of a specific periodical you wish to search, i.e. Journal of world history), and Document Type (i.e. Book Review).