The key to successfully using Historical Abstracts is using the Advanced Search and limiting your results by historical era. For example, you can designate that you're only looking for items about the period between 1800 and 1900.
What sources did they use to write their articles/books? Are any of those sources available to you?
Look at the article attached below: what primary sources did the author use? would those sources be available to you? Could you read those sources?
1. Use subject headings!
2. Take advantage of any “times cited” or “cited by” features (available most prominently in Google Scholar, EBSCO and JSTOR).
3. If I search for DOCTORS PATIENTS COMMUNICATION, what does the database search for?
4. To search for a phrase, put quotation marks around the phrase: “doctor-patient communication.” (this applies in every database I’m aware of).
5. To search for synonyms, combine them with an OR.
6. To expand your search, use wildcards or truncation figures.
- Doctor w/s patient : Requires that the words be in the same sentence.
- Doctor w/p patient : Requires that the words be in the same paragraph.