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ENGL 016: Nineteenth-Century New York City in Literature : Overview

Questions to Ask Yourself

NYPL image. Man and woman sitting on a bench in a park from the 19th century.

When searching a database, ask yourself:

  • Which publications am I searching?


  • What time period is available? Can it be narrowed down to my timeframe?


  • What kinds of material are available, and will they help me in my project? Newspaper articles? Editorials? Advertisements? Fiction? Primary records?


  • When I enter keywords, what is actually being searched? The full text of material? Article titles and metadata only? Indexes?



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19th Century Periodical Databases

Other Useful Resources

Searching Penn Libraries' Special Collections

Rare books, manuscripts, periodicals, and other resources can be found in print in our Special Collections center. To use any of these materials, please head to the Reading Room on the 6th floor of the Van Pelt Library.

Use Franklin, the Library Catalog, to search for rare materials. Pro Tip: Use the Advanced Search to limit by date - 1800-1899.

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