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HST 440: Gender & Colonialism

Research Guide for discovering primary and secondary sources related to gender and European colonialism in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Secondary Source Searching: Journal Articles

Primo, the library catalog, provides access to journal articles, as well as books, videos, and a number of other resources. This page shows you how to search the catalog for journal articles.

If you need additional help, please contact Sue Kunda at or 503-838-8893

Starting Your Search

The catalog is set to General Search by default, but you should open the Advanced Search box.


The Advanced Search box looks like this:                         Image of Advanced Search box


Place your keywords/phrases in the search boxes. Use one search box for each keyword/phrase. You can put multiple synonyms or related terms on the same line, but make sure to use "OR" between them. See the example below.


Click "Search". Once you've done this initial search, you can use filters to further refine your results. See below.

Filtering Results (Journal Articles)

After you search, you'll see filters on the left side of the results page. The filters shown will depend on what type of search you selected, but here are examples of what you'll commonly see.


Availability: Use this to limit search to peer-reviewed journals.









Resource Type: Use this to for articles only.








Subject: Use this to limit search to specific subjects. 

  • Green check box includes that subject in the search.

  • Red check box excludes that subject from the search.







Date: Use this to search for a specific time period.




Applying Multiple Filters

You may apply more than one filter at a time by checking the ones you want, and then click the green 'Apply Filters' icon at the bottom of your screen.

Understanding Your Results

Your results provide brief information about the article.

Click on the title to see detailed information about the article and how to access it.

Accessing Full Text Journal Articles

Options for accessing journal articles are listed under the "Sign in for more options" banner.

For full text articles, you'll see Full text available at: followed by a link. Click on the link to access these online materials. You'll also see links to tools (e.g., permalinks, citations) that could prove useful.


Accessing Journal Articles With No Full Text

If full text is not available for an article, there are several different messages you might encounter:

1. Interlibrary Loan (ILL). This link will take you to a (mostly) pre-filled request form. Fill in the "Need By Date", and submit the order. You'll receive an email with receipt information.

Request an Interlibrary Loan Link


2. Open Access Version. Clicking this link searches the Internet for a free-to-read Open Access version of the article (when available). 

Link to Open Access version


3. Open Access Version Via UnPaywall. Clicking this link takes you to a free-to-read Open Access version of the article on the UnPaywall platform. You might need to do a little searching on the page to find the article. Look for a button or link to a .pdf.

UnPaywall Link Example


4. Get It Now OnDemand. Options #1-3 are free. The Get It Now OnDemand option costs the library $25 - $50 to get a copy of the article for you. Please use this as the last option for accessing an article.

Get It Now OnDemand Link Example