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History 456: Contemporary Articles

Civil War and Reconstruction
Professor: Charles Dew
Fall 2019

Newspaper Databases

Newspapers on Microfilm

The following newspapers are located in the Library Shelving Facility. Login to your library account to request specific years.

Contemporary Almanac

  • American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year... 1861-1902.
    (also called Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year...)
    Sawyer AE5 .A6; index available for v. 1-15 --1861-1875
    Also available online through Hathitrust Digital Library.

Research Tip: Searching Newspapers

Searching Full-text Newspapers

  • Think like a journalist. What words would they use?
  • Use the vocabulary in use at the time. (e.g., Negroes instead of African American)
  • Combine synonyms with OR to increase results. (e.g., conservatives OR right-wing)
  • Use the asterisk (*) to get multiple endings of a word. (e.g., integrat* for integrate, integration, integrating, etc.)
  • To get words closer together, use proximity operators. (See the database's help page for correct syntax.)
  • Limit your search to "abstract" or "citation and abstract" (if available) to get more precise results.

Magazine Databases

Magazines on Microfiche/Microfilm

In addition to the popular, widely distributed magazines indexed by Poole's, Williams also owns magazines specifically published to represent pro- and anti-slavery factions. Note: Microfiche is stored in the media viewing room (Room 431, Sawyer Level 4). Microfilm is shelved at Library Shelving Facility; login to your library account to request retrieval.