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