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World in the Twentieth Century: The Russian Revolution - Smith: Article Databases

A guide to get you started investigating the Russian Revolution and Soviet Russia

Search Tips

  • Use strong keywords: Pick out the most important words/concepts in your research question. Use keywords such as those experts and scholars would use. These are usually nouns
  • Avoid terms that can be used in many settings (like effect, impact, develop)
  • Use Advanced Search and group keywords by concept: Use OR between synonyms (expands your results); use AND to combine different subjects (narrows your results)
    • dental OR teeth OR tooth OR oral
    • acid AND batteries
  • Search multiple endings of a word: Use asterisk, e.g., econom* for economy, economic, economies
  • Search exact phrases: Use double quotes. "coral reef"
  • Limit results: Choose publication years, scholarly or peer-reviewed, full text, etc.
  • Sort results: Choose most recent first or most relevant first

Article Databases

Use the following article databases to find articles on various aspects of the Russian Revolution. Use the tips on the right to develop good search strategies.


For example:

  • "Russian Revolution" AND econom*
  • "Russian Revolution" AND property
  • names of people