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America's Historical Newspapers includes more than 1,000 full-text newspapers from the U.S. and covers the years 1690–1922. It also includes:
You are completing a research project for an 18th Century American History class and you're researching the language used to describe enslaved African Americans in the Deep South.
What are the best keywords for searching old newspaper articles on this topic?
How many results did you find?
Notice that the map now has red stars on the selected states.
Now how many results do you get?
Look at your list of results and notice the information provided.
The newspaper title is listed first, along with the page and issue number.
What tends to not be included in the description of these articles?
Access the first article by selecting the image. Who is the author of this advertisement?
Let's return to your list of results.
What is the name of the publication?
You can view the page by using the navigation tools including zooming and panning.
You can also use the frame around the page by clicking the different directions.
Using the different navigation tools, locate the advertisement with this image:
Notice that this article is about a runaway slave, written as two words, “run away."
The article does not include the word “slave.” This means you could search the term “run away” as another option.
So far you have limited to the date range 1700–1783 and the place.
Let's say you wanted to search for articles that were published during the American Revolution.
How many results did you get?
This means it does not recognize text perfectly and will sometimes miss results or give inaccurate results.
If you find a relevant article, it is often useful to browse the whole issue for related articles that may not have come up in your initial search.
Older newspapers often contain historic spellings and misspellings. If you are not finding many results, try browsing related articles to get ideas for alternate spellings. For example, “flavour” instead of “flavor.”
Typescripts and fonts have historic variations. In particular, “S” looks like “F”. Keep this in mind when you are searching and interpreting your results.
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