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HIST 091: Senior Research Seminar (SC)

History 091: Senior Research Seminar (Azfar and Burke, Fall 2017)

Online Databases for Historical Newspapers & Periodicals (United States)

These are just a handful of online databases for historical newspapers, magazines, and periodicals. Want more recommendations? Talk to reference librarian Sarah Elichko - selichk1@swarthmore.edu.

Historical Newspapers (United States): how to identify and find

If you're looking for a specific publication (e.g. The New York Times):

  • Search Tripod - change the drop-down menu from All Resources to Journal Title, and enclose the publication name in double quotes (search example).
  • If that doesn't work, try searching Worldcat - run the same search as in Tripod, and limit your search results to "Serials."  (Then ask a librarian about requesting it.)

To identify newspapers and other publications (when you don't have a specific title in mind):

  • Try the online databases listed below (e.g. Readers Guide Retrospective, American Periodicals Series)
  • Find a recent scholarly history book on your topic - see if there are newspapers (etc.) identified in the bibliography.
  • Try using these guides to historical newspapers and periodicals (Tripod list)
  • Use a published bibliography to identify newspapers, magazines, etc. - search Tripod for these (search example)

You might find historical newspapers, magazines, or periodicals in the following forms:

  • Scanned versions through online databases
  • In print books available from libraries (e.g. bound magazines and journals, facsimiles of newspapers) - TriCo or via Interlibrary Loan
  • On microfilm - TriCo or via Interlibrary Loan

See also: extensive TriCo guide to historical newspapers