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Finding Books: Library Catalogs

IRIS The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries.

RedLightGreen Search across the collections of a large number of research libraries; identify relevant works and the best subject headings to use to find books on specific topics; and find out if an item is available at Rutgers or another library. Based on the over 40 million items found in the collections of the Research Libraries Group (RLG).

Finding Scholarly Articles plus: Indexes

Humanities Abstracts 1984- . Index to over 350 core English-language periodicals in the humanities, including literature, history, philosophy, religion, and related subjects. Restricted Access.

Literature Index

MLA International Bibliography 1963- The comprehensive index to articles, books, and dissertations relating to literature, language and linguistics, folklore, and literary theory and criticism. Over 4400 journals indexed. Restricted Access.

History Indexes

America: History and Life 1964- . The most comprehensive index to American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations. Search Guide available. Restricted Access.

Historical Abstracts 1955- . The most comprehensive index to world history (excluding that of the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Indexes over 2,000 history and history-related journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations. Search Guide available. Restricted Access.

Indexes to General Periodicals

Poole's Index to Periodical Literature 1802-1907
Subject and author index to nearly 500 Britsh and American periodicals.
Dana Call Number: Ref. AI3 .P7

Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900. 5 vols.
Chronological arrangement of tables of contents from 43 major Victorian periodicals.
Dana Call Number: Ref. Z2005 .H6

Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, 1890 to 1899; With Supplemental Indexing 1900-1922 2 vols.
Dana Call Number: Ref. AI3 .R496
Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature. 1900-1995
Dana Call Number: Ref. AI3 .R48

Contemporaneous Accounts

Evans Digital
Fulltext online version of the titles originally published in American Imprints, Series I. When completed, will include all known books, pamphlets, and broadsides published in the American colonies or the United States between 1639 and 1800. Restricted Access.

American Periodicals Series Online 1740-1900
The full text of articles, advertisements, illustrations etc., from American popular and literary magazines and journals that began publication between 1741 and 1900. Search by author, title, article type, publication title, date, and keywords in the full-text. Restricted Access.

The Making of America
Digital project developed by the University of Michigan and Cornell University. The Michigan site has a searchable library of primary sources--approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles published in the 19th century--in American social history from the antebellum through reconstruction. While Cornell's site only provides access to the text of some 270 books, they have digitilized major runs of twenty-two 19th century journals and allows you to search or browse over 100,000 journal articles.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Colonial Times to 1950
Search or browse some 150,000 pages of letters and diaries. Emphasis on materials that illustrate the role and status of women, their attitudes and reactions to specific historical or personal events or individuals, and descriptions that convey the life and times of the past. Browse by author, date, place, personal event (e.g., childbirth, family separation, spouse's absence, etc.) and historical event. Restricted Access.

English Short Title Catalog (ESTC)
Index to materials printed in Great Britain or any of its dependencies in any language—as well as for materials printed in English anywhere else in the world. Coverage is from the beginnings of print to 1800 including all recorded English monographs printed between 1475 and 1700. Includes information about availability of specific titles in major microform sets, many of which are available at Rutgers. Restricted Access.


[Historical] New York Times Allows you to search and display the full image of articles published in the New York Times back to 1851. The two+ most recent years are not included; use LexisNexis Academic to find more recent articles. Restricted Access.

African American Newspapers: The 19th Century Restricted Access.
Search the full text of four major 19th century African American newspapers:

RSAP: Resources for Research
Lists 18th, 19th, and early 20th century magazines and newspapers that are available full-text on the web. In addition to single titles, lists newspapers included as part of large digital collections (e.g., Cornell's and University of Michigan's Making of American Collections). From the Research Society for American Periodicals.

Early American Newspapers
Microform (microcard and microfilm) collection of early American newspapers. Based on Clarence Brigham's History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820 (2 vols, Worchester, MA: American Antiquarian Society, 1947; additions and corrections, 1961). [DANA Ref Z6951 .B86 1962] Scope expanded to include some titles published up to 1900.

A list of the titles available included in this series is available online. Individual titles can be located by searching IRIS, the Rutgers' online catalog. The collection includes fourteen 18th and 19th century New Jersey newspapers.

Union Lists

Union lists identify where runs of specific newspapers are physically held; newspapers on microform may be requested on Interlibrary Loan.

Newspapers in Microform. United States. Washington : Library of Congress, 2 vols.
Lists newspapers published in the U.S. by state, city, and title. Indicates which libraries have microform holdings of those titles.
Dana Call Number: Ref. Z6951.U56a yr.1948/83

Chronological Lists of U.S. Newspapers in Microform Available at the Library of Congress: 1940-1989
Chronological lists arranged by state city, and title. Some microfilm are heavily used onsite and are not available for interlibrary loan from the Library of Congress.

Recent Newspapers
Restricted Access.
A vast archive which includes the full-text of 8,000 leading newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, and television and radio transcripts. Ten to twenty year+ backfile for many titles. Examples of newspapers covered include:

The Boston Globe beginning 1 January 1987.
The Chicago Tribune beginning 1 January 1985
The Detroit Free Press beginning 1 January 1994
The Irish Times beginning 31 December 1981
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) beginning 1 January 1989
The Times (London) beginning 2 January 1981
The Times of India beginning 9 May 1986
The Washington Post beginning 1 January 1984

LexisNexis Academic
"News" section indexes and provides access to a large collection of U.S. and international newspapers, newsletters, wire service reports, transcripts of television and radio news broadcasts, and student newspapers. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times from June 1, 1980 to the present and the Washington Post back to 1977. Restricted Access.

Historical Fiction

Peabody, Sue. Reading and Writing Historical Fiction
First published in the Iowa Journal of Literary Studies (1989), 29-39.
Database of historical fiction authors, links to historical fiction forums (newsgroups, societies, online journals, etc.), online bibliographies, and resources for "non-fictional" historical research. Compiled by Dr. Soog-Yong Choi at the University of Texas in Austin.

Writing History / Writing Fiction: A Virtual Conference Session
Virtual Conference sponsored by the University of Albany, SUNY Department of History. Essays and treaded discussion between four historians who also write fiction.

Natalie Borisovets (
John Cotton Dana Library
October 18, 2004