F&M College Library

CNX 268: Researching Lancaster

Researching Lancaster and Beyond: academic journals

Search this database for scholarship broadly related to your topic and/or specific to Lancaster.  

For content broadly related to your topic, type in your search statement and search!  Some sample search statements:

Example 1:  immigrants AND education

Example 2:  "refugee resettlement"

Example 3:  (traffic OR transit) AND cities

Example 4:  segregat* AND housing

Example 5:  philanthrop* AND (local OR regional)

For Lancaster-specific content, you can search for references to articles published in the Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society by doing the following:

  • In the first search box, type in: journal of the lancaster historical society
    • then "Select a Field": SO Publication Name
  • Type your search statement in the next search box.  Search! 
  • If you find a reference to a useful article, go to the Ground Level of the Shadek-Fackenthal Library, and look for the range of shelves featuring the title Lancaster County Historical Society.  (Note: if the article was published in the past few years, check the Periodicals Room first!)

For your assignment, search JStor specifically for articles published in Pennsylvania History and The Pennsylvania Magazine.

  • In the database, click on the Advanced Search link.
  • On the search page, scroll down and type the title of the journal into the Publication Title box:
    • pennsylvania history
    • the pennsylvania magazine
  • Scroll back up to the top of the page, and type lancaster into the first search box.
  • Next, type in your search statement in the next search box.
  • Under the heading Narrow By, select: Articles
  • Search!

Researching Lancaster: books

To perform a general, exploratory search in Discover:

  • Start at the F&M College Library web site: library.fandm.edu
  • Click on the BOOKS tab.
  • Type in your search statement (see examples elsewhere on this page!)
  • Note: if you want to make your search specific to Lancaster, add the following to your search statement: "lancaster, pa"
    • Example: amish AND health AND lancaster AND pennsylvania
  • Search!

To discover print books available beyond F&M:

  •  On the results page:
    • Change the location to: Libraries Worldwide
    • Source type: Print book--because we can borrow print books (but not ebooks) from other libraries...
    • At the top of the page, confirm results are sorted by: Best Match

Researching Lancaster: local newspapers

On the database homepage under "Quick Links" you will see several options to search local and regional newspapers -- scroll down until you see the button for Lancaster Papers. 

Interlibrary Loan/ILL: Articles and Books

To request articles or books/book chapters or other materials not available at F&M, use Interlibrary Loan/ILL 


CNX 268 Librarian

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Lisa Stillwell
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