History and Ethnology

tekijä: Marita Inkeri Jokinen Viimeisin muutos maanantai 17. kesäkuuta 2019, 13.57

To get started

If you need more information how to use Jyväskylä University Library see Using the Library: Basic information for new students, researchers and personnel.

When you have your topic for your thesis you have clarify your thema: What do you already know about the topic? What kind of general information there is available e.g. in scientific reference works/books via JYKDOK.

Before you begin your searches it is good to think how to manage your list of  references.  To help you with your citations and references, the University of Jyväskylä offers you the access to RefWorks, a bibliographic manager program.

Systematic information search

Very important part of your work is Systematic information search with defining the topic and search and getting information about research methods and research support.

Finding resources

You can find more information about finding resources in Library Tutorial: Finding Books, Journal Articles, Journals, Newspapers, Internet Material. N.b. remote access to the electronic resources offered by the Jyväskylä University Library from outside the University network is possible via JYKDOK. See JYKDOK Help: Login and my Account.

Databases in history and ethnology

Most important databases in history and ethnology are

  • JYKDOK Library library materials of Jyväskylä university: user interface to the printed and e-resources of the University Library. Basics of JYKDOK. Read Ebooks.
  • JYX - Jyväskylä University Digital Archive: dissertations,  master´s thesis,  digitized journals to originally electronic materials
  • Melinda the union catalogue of Finnish University and Polytechnic Libraries and a few other major libraries. It helps you to locate material, if it not belongs to the collections of Jyväskylä University Library
  • Historical Abstracts (EBSCO): a database of the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada), references of  journal articles, books, dissertations. Possibility to limit a search with historical period.
  • Academic search elite (EBSCO): multidisciplinary international eJournals service and database
  • JSTOR: multidisciplinary eJournals service full text  journals from the journal's first issue on (dating back to the late 1800's). The most recent issues available are at least 12 months (often 3-5 years) old.
  • MLA International bibliography (EBSCO) of languages an literature, including also folloristics
  • Google Scholar: A search engine specialized in scholarly literature. Searches across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations
  • Ebrary: multidisciplinary eBooks service over 110 000 books (history over 12 000, anthropology ca. 1 300)
  • Ebsco eBook Collection: multidisciplinary eBooks service over 120 000 books (history over 10 500, anthropology ca 3 000)
  • SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) a wide variety of materials of qualitative and quantitative research methods

Information on scientific journals

  • Use JYKDOK  to locate printed and e-journals. Write the name of a journal, e.g. Scandinavian Journal of History search for the name and choose Journals from the drop-down menu. It is possible  search for journals by subject or discipline. Write the name of the subject or discipline and limit your search to Journals by choosing it from the drop-down menu.
  • Journal Citation Reports (JCR): The database presents quantifiable statistical data, e.g. impact factors, that provides a systematic, objective way to determine the relative importance of journals within their subject categories. Business and economics journals, use JCR Social Sciences Edition
  • Ulrichsweb: A global source for periodicals information since 1932, covering over 290,000 journals, newspapers, conference publications, scientific monograph series etc. Use Advanced Search.
  • Web of Science - WOS: Enables users to search current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from over 8,500 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world.
  • Scopus (Elsevier): a comprehensive scientific, medical, technical and social science database

Primary sources

Help ja tips

  • Library Tutorial:  Online material for self help 24/7
  • Ask and Comment: Online form, You'll get an answer in three working days
  • Information Services desk: Main Library, 1st floor, Mon-Fri 10-16
  • Library Courses: General, eg. RefWorks reference managing, avoid plagiarism; Doctorate students etc., eg. Current topics for researchers, dissertation start-ups, Open Access/Parallel Publishing
  • Book a Librarian: Personal guidance in information searching
  • MOT dictionaries: a range of products from large general dictionaries and comprehensive technical and business dictionaries to many specialist dictionaries
  • PressDisplay: access to over 2 000 newspapers and magazines from 100 countries in over 60 languages. Access to up to 90 days of back issues for each title