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Questions to Ask Yourself
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
19th Century Masterfile
Searches the indexes of many 19th century publications that we have online, in microfilm, or in print. Searching an index helps to *point to* a work, and may not contain the work itself.
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.