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American History Basic Research: The Historical New York Times

The Historical New York Times

Historic New York Times

The HNYT as produced by Proquest

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. The Historical New York Times with Index (1851-1993) provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical New York Times.


Coverage: 1851 - 2014

More Limiters

The Advanced Search

In the Advanced Search you have options to narrow your search.  Using the term "suffrage" the search returns almost 35,000 results. The term can be changed to "women's suffrage" to return 1,627.  Quotation marks preserve a concept of phrase.

On the left of the Advanced Search screen you have options to narrow results.

The first choice is relevance, oldest first etc.  The next is publication date which you can use to limit by era,  and then Document Type.

These are important distinctions.  Editorials and letters to the Editor are good sources to find the mood of the day on a subject. Front page articles indicate the importance of a story.  More options include reviews and tables of contents that can further inform on the subject.

Though seemingly obvious, "subjects" are more than keywords.  Keywords are words that researchers use to define their topic.  Subjects are words defined in a "controlled vocabulary" to represent those topics. Moreover, they are hot links to connect to more like articles.

The Location and Person limiters function the same as subjects.  See the left column.

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