Find pre-1990 Journal Articles

If you’ve searched online research databases before, you know that it can sometimes be difficult to locate the full-text of journal articles that were published before the mid- to early 1990s. About 1995 technology finally made it efficient and affordable for publishers to make available and archive journal content electronically. As a result, full-text availability of material from before this date is limited in most online research databases. However, the library does provide some resources and mechanisms for gaining access to older articles:

  • JSTOR is our premier resource for older journal items. It contains the complete archives of 320+ scholarly journals, many going back to the 19th century.
  • ProQuest has full-text coverage of a limited number of journals going back to the 1950s.
  • Women and Social Movements in the U.S. and In the First Person are primary source and source analysis digital repositories containing historical documents going back to the discovery of America.
  • HarpWeek is an electronic version of Harpers Weekly from the 19th century (Civil War period only).

Some of our other research databases contain some full-text going back to the mid-1980’s, such as EBSCOhost and Gale’s Infotrac OneFile. In addition, many of the databases index citations (sometimes also with abstracts) of articles going back much further in time, which can then be used in conjunction with the WorldCat database to locate the article at a nearby library or via a commercial document delivery service.

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