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Using the Internet for Historical Research

Newspaper Databases

Online Newspaper Collections available through the Library. The New York Times (Historical) Archive is the only database that contains newspapers from before roughly 1980.

Historic Magazines & Journals

Unlike historic newspapers, there are few major historic magazine collections available on the web.

Google Books: In addition to having full-text copies of many pre-1923 books, Google Books also contains issues of various periodicals from the 19th and 20th centuries.

First issue of Life magazine from November 23, 1936. 


Internet Library of Early Journals (ILEJ): Digital collection from the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford. Searchable full text of several eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British publications.