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ENG 295 (Navitsky)

Tips for searching primary source databases

  • The default for searching is usually the full text of all articles.  This often means lots of results.
  • Always set a date range!  You can even set a date range of just a few days to narrow down to a specific event.
  • Whenever possible, search for specific people, places, things, or events. 
  • Each interface will be different.  Take a couple of minutes to poke around and figure out how each interface works.

Magazine/newspaper databases

All of these are library databases that cover the mid-19th Century.  Most have some newspapers or magazines that were published in Philadelphia itself.

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