The University Library has just initiated access to a database we have coveted (in a wholesome way) for several years — American Periodicals Series Online.
This resource significantly addresses a long-standing gap in our online use of periodical literature, that is, indexing and full-text access to American magazines and journals published in the 19th century and early 20th century. It is not comprehensive in that coverage, but it is a huge step forward.
The database should be very valuable for the History and Journalism curricula here at W&L, for local history research, and potentially for research in any subject in which 19th and early 20th century writers and readers were interested — social issues, business, medicine, science, literature, politics, etc. For example, consider 19th century coverage of women’s issues in the U.S.