For a general search, click Article Databases→General/Multi-subject→Academic Search Premier. (Academic Search Premier is a good place to start because it has a broad range of full-text items.)
To limit results to peer reviewed/scholarly articles, check Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
Insert search terms into the search box. Use AND and OR operators as needed to improve the quality of your search.
A search for the term Civil War returns 150,434 results. You can narrow this search by using AND.
A search for the term Civil War AND Ulysses S. Grant returns 1,609 results.
A search for the term Civil War AND Ulysses S. Grant AND Fort Sumter returns 216 results.
What database should I use?
If you are researching in a specific field such as science, psychology, music, etc., select from the databases listed under your preferred topic area.
If you are researching a more general or interdisciplinary topic, start with the databases under the General/Multi-subject list. Academic Search Premier is usually a good place to start because it has the broadest and largest collection of journal articles from varying subject areas.