For finding scholarly journal articles, the databases that the library subscribes to are your best tools. Many provide full text electronic access to the articles right there. If not, they provide the complete citation so that you can track down the print article in our collection or through ILL.
There are different paths one might take in trying to find research articles on historical topics. Some of the most-likely-to-be-useful databases are listed below.
Another option you might want to try is our new 1search tool. This is a single search interface for most of the library's holdings, electronic and print alike. I don't recommend using it as a first-line tool for a very specifically-focused research paper. It is much better to locat earticles using one of the focused databases below.
However, 1search can be a good way to explore other disciplines' perspectives on aspects of the themes you are researching, and often you will find interesting work you might not have found without it. If you'd like to explore this, try using the search tool on the left side of this page.