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History Reference Center - Basic Search

The Basic Search screen is the default search screen in History Reference Center and offers keyword searching, as well as the ability to browse U.S. or World History, browse popular sources, and search for Images and Videos.

To create a Basic Search:

  1. From the Basic Search Screen, enter your search terms and click Search.


    A Result List of articles that match your search is displayed.

  2. Click on the title to view the article details screen, or click the full-text link to view the complete article. Hover your cursor over the preview  icon to view article details, or click the folder  icon to save the article to your personal folder.


  • The search box is displayed above the result list. Your search terms, limiters, and expanders are retained.
  • To revise your search, you can apply the limiters under Refine Results.  Click the Show More link to view all available limiters and expanders.
  • If you click the History Reference Center logo, you are returned to the Home Page with your search terms cleared and search parameters reset.
  • If you click the Advanced Search link, you are taken to the Advanced Search Screen with your search terms carried forward.