Various online resources provide access to full text and/or full-page image of selected periodicals and newspapers from the 17th, 18th, 19th, or early 20th century. You may wish to supplement your searching of Full-Text Resources, by searching Indexes (third box on this page). Indexes may cover some periodicals that are not included in full-text resources. Bibliographies and Histories (fourth box on this page) can provide you with useful context about the periodicals and newspapers you are discovering in your research.
African-American newspapers Series 1, 1827-1998 (Readex)
"Chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience, African American Newspapers, Series 1, features 280 newspapers from 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th-century titles....
Based upon James P. Danky's African-American Newspapers and Periodicals."
Indexes are designed to help researchers identify where articles meeting certain criteira (subject, author, title, etc.) have been published in periodicals and/or newspapers. With so many full-text resources available (as listed in box above), why would you want to use an index? Sometimes indexes can help you find things that you were overlooking in a full-text resource. Or sometimes they might cover titles that are not included in a full-text resource. They are one more tool that an inventive researcher will want to explore. It is also the case that many databases that have traditionally been understood as indexes have increasingly been providing access to full text of articles through the e-Link feature.
For a fuller listing and discussion of periodical and newspaper guides and/or indexes, see:
Bibliographies and histories can provide you with varying degrees of information about specific periodicals or newspapers and/or about the periodical press as a whole in a given time period. Some major examples of such works would be:
Many specialized bibliographies, which list and describe certain types of periodical publications, are also available. Some examples are listed below. Note that the base call number they share--R016.051--identifies a good area of Butler Reference (Room 310, Alcove 5) to browse for similar resources.
Books and other information resources about periodicals and newspapers can be searched in CLIO under the appropriate subject headings.
Select "Subject" from the pull-down "Search" box menu in the Basic Searching screen of CLIO.
Enter one of the following searches:
Once you have done your subject search in CLIO: