Finding Articles in Journals, Magazines, & Newspapers

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  • America: History and Life
    Type of Resource:
    Index, with accessible full text for selected items
    Coverage: 1955 onwards; updated monthly
    Covers writings about the history and culture of United States and Canada from prehistory through the recent past. Provides brief summaries of journal articles and book articles, as well as listings for book reviews, media reviews, and dissertations. Also provides links to full text for selected journal articles.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Type of Resource: Index, with abstracts; and with accessible full text for selected items
    Coverage: 1954 onwards
    Covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada), as represented in more than 2,000 journals published throughout the world. Provides listings for journal articles, book articles, books, and dissertations.
    NOTE: It is possible to search these two databases together. To do this, select "Choose Databases" from above the search box in either database; then select the other; and then select "OK."

Other Key Resources for American History, Culture, or Current Events

  • Alt-Press Watch
    Type of Resource:  Full-text database
    Coverage:  Varies by title
    Covers "alternative, radical, and left" periodicals in North America.
  • Black Studies Center
    Type of Resource: Full-text components, plus an index providing access to full text for selected items
    Combines three resources for research and teaching in Black Studies: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index of Black Periodicals (IIBP), and The Chicago Defender. This fully cross-searchable database includes scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more.
  • Book Review Digest Plus
    Type of Resource: Index with excerpts; includes full text for many reviews
     items published 1983 to the present Book Review Digest Plus brings together the data of Book Review Digest, which includes descriptive summaries of books as well as excerpts of book reviews, with all the book review citations and full text of book reviews from eleven other H. W. Wilson indexes.
  • Chicano Database
    Provides listings of all types of materials concerning the Mexican-American, Chicano and broader Latino experience.
  • EBSCOhost research databases  
    Allows you to search simultaneously across a large number of databases in a variety of fields. Includes key databases in Art, Architecture, Business, History, Education, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences, and Science. Also includes Historical collections such as AAS Historical Periodicals, Arte Publico Hispanic Historical Collection, and ATLA Historical Monographs Collection.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Type of Resource: Full-text database
    Coverage: varies by title, with some titles covered back to 1960; updated monthly Provides access to "newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press." At least 200 publications are covered here. Searchable in English and Spanish.
  • Forbes archive
    Contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive of Forbes, beginning with its first issue in 1917 and ending in December 2000.
  • Gender Studies database  
    Combines NISC's Women's Studies International and Men's Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues. Also includes relevant contributions from NISC's Child Development & Adolescent Studies as well as Family & Society Studies Worldwide databases. Source documents include professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, theses & dissertations and other sources. 
  • HAPI online (Hispanic American periodicals index)
    Type of Resource:
    Index, with links to full-text for selected journals
     items published1970 to the present
    Citations to articles and book reviews in scholarly journals published in Latin America and the Caribbean, or those dealing with topics relating to Latin America, the Caribbean and Hispanic Americans. Subject focus excludes pure and technical sciences. 
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Type of Resource: Full-text database
    Coverage: Varies by title, generally mid-1980s onwards; updated daily A wide-ranging full-text database including newspapers, journals, wire services, newsletters, company reports, case law, government documents, transcripts of broadcasts, and selected reference works.
  • LGBT Life with full text
    Provides indexing and abstracts of worldwide literature on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, as well as full text for more than 50 journals, magazines and regional newspapers and dozens of monographs.
  • PAIS International & PAIS Archive
    Type of Resource:
    Index, with links to full-text for selected items
    Coverage: items published 1915 to the present
    The "PAIS International" database contains references to journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more.  It includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world. The "PAIS Archive" database (which is searched simultaneously with "PAIS International")  comprises a retrospective conversion of the "PAIS Annual Cumulated Bulletin," volumes 1-62, published 1915-1976. The "PAIS Archive" database contains references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, and analytics. Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled public and social policy issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources.
  • Periodicals Archive Online
    Type of Resource: Full text and full image
    Coverage: items published 1665 to 2000 Archive of hundreds of digitised journals published in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and areas of general popular interest. Each periodical is covered back to its first issue, regardless of when it began publication. International in scope, Periodicals Archive Online covers periodicals in a number of Western languages.
  • Proquest
    Type of Resource: Full-text database
    Coverage: Varies by title
    Covers a wide range of newspapers and periodicals. Full-text access is provided for the majority of titles covered.
  • Proquest Historical Newspapers
    Type of Resource: Full text and full image
    Coverage: varies by title
    Full-text and full-image articles, dating back to their first issues, for the following American newspapers: Atlanta Constitution (1868-1945), Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988), Boston Globe (1872-1927), Chicago Tribune (1849-1987), Hartford Courant (1764-1985), Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), Los Angeles Times (1881-1987), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), New York Times (1851-2006), The New York Tribune (1841-1922), Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002), The Wall Street Journal (1889-1992), The Washington Post (1877-1993). Also includes British newspapers The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003).  
    NOTE: To limit your search to one or more of the above newspapers: Click on "Select Multiple Databases" in the main search screen, scroll down to "Historical Databases," and de-select items as desired.
  • Race Relations Abstracts
    Type of Resource:
    Index, with full-text access for selected articles
    "Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Records are selected from many of the top titles within the discipline, including Race, Ethnicity & Education and Ethnic & Racial Studies."--About the database.
  • Readers Guide Full Text
    Type of Resource: Index, with full text for many titles beginning 1994
    Coverage:  items published 1983 to the present Brief summaries of articles from popular and general-interest periodicals.
  • Readers Guide Retrospective
    Type of Resource: Index
    Coverage:  items published 1890-1982
    Provides citations to articles in popular and general-interest periodicals.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Type of Resource: Index, with full-text access for selected articles
    Coverage: items published 1975 to the present
    Provides access to citations and abstracts of journal articles appearing political science journals.

Branching out in Your Research

Depending on the nature of your American History or American Studies research, there is a wide range of additional resources that may be useful to you.

In order to assist you in branching out in your research, some of the core databases in various disciplinary areas are listed below. For help in identifying further resources, consult the appropriate Subject Guide.

  • Google scholar   
    "Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations." When you Use the link above to connect to Google Scholar, you will also have direct access to articles in online journals to which Columbia subscribes.
  • ABI Inform Global
    Type of Resource: Index, with abstracts or full-text for selected titles
    Coverage: 1971 onwards
    Indexes “1800 worldwide business periodicals for in-depth coverage of business and economic conditions, management techniques, theory, and practice of business, advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more.”
  • Art Full Text
    Type of Resource: Index, with full-text for selected titles beginning 1997
    Coverage: 1984 onwards; updated monthly
    Indexes art periodicals in English and other Western European languages. Subjects covered include: archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, computer graphics, crafts, film, folk art, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, painting, photography, sculpture, television, textiles, and video.
  • ATLA Religion Database
    Type of Resource: Index, featuring full text for selected items
    Coverage: 1949 onwards
    Indexes journal articles, essays, and book reviews in the field of religion. Covers biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religious perspectives on social issues. Includes citations to 650 journals in 26 languages.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    Type of Resource: Index, with accessible full text for selected items
    Coverage: Selective Coverage: 1741 to date; updated weekly.
    Provides citations to articles in approximately 400 current and over 1000 retrospective architectural and related periodicals with primary emphasis on architectural design and history but coverage as well of archaeology, landscape architecture, interior design, furniture and decorative arts, garden history, historic preservation, city planning, urban design, real estate development and environmental studies.
  • ERIC
    Type of Resource: Index, with abstracts; and with accessible full text for selected items
    Coverage: 1966 onwards; updated monthly
    The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature. In addition, ERIC provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs.
  • FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Plus
    Type of Resource: Index, with accessible full text for selected items
    Covers hundreds of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals up to the present day. Many of these key titles are available here in full text including complete runs.
  • Humanities Full Text
    Type of Resource: Index, with full text for selected titles beginning 1995
    Coverage: 1984 onwards; updated monthly
    Broadly ranging coverage of articles in a variety of humanities fields, including: Archaeology, Global Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Religion and Theology.  Types of articles covered include: feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, drama, and poetry, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, radio and television programs, and more.
  • Index to legal periodicals & books  
    Covers all areas of jurisprudence, including recent court decisions, new legislation, and original scholarship. 
  • International Index to Performing Arts Full Text
    Use this to find articles about: Dance, Theater, Film, Mime, Opera, Puppetry, Radio, Television, Storytelling, Video, and/or Performance Art.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    Type of Resource: Index, with full-text access for selected articles
    Coverage: 1926 onwards; updated 9 times a year
    For the areas of literature, linguistics, language, and folklore, provides international listings of journal articles, book articles, books, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies.
  • The Music Index
    Type of Resource: Index
    Coverage: 1976 onwards
    Covers topics in "every aspect of classical and popular" music as reflected in more than 775 international music periodicals.
  • Philosopher's index  
  • Social Sciences Full Text
    Type of Resource: Index, with abstracts; full text for selected titles 1994 onwards
    Coverage: 1983 onwards
    Provides listings of, or access to, articles from a wide range of social sciences journals. Subjects covered include: “Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Global Studies, Community Health & Medical Care, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, International Relations, Law, Minority Studies, Planning & Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Welfare, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies.”
  • The TLS historical archive, 1902-2005
    Type of Resource: Full text and full page image
    Coverage: 1902-2005
    A fully searchable resource containing every page of the Times Literary Supplement from 1902 to 2005.
    NOTE: for listings of articles appearing in TLS subsequent to 2005, see Humanities Full Text.