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Database of the Week Thursday, November 20, 2008

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19th Century Masterfile (formerly Poole’s Plus) is an electronic “Index of Indexes”.  The titles are organized into 5 series and are updated regularly.  The series are:  (I)  Multi-Title Periodical Indexes beginning with ‘Swem’s Virginia Index 1619-1930’, (II) Book Indexes such as ‘Monographs for Pre-20th Century Studies’, (III) Newspaper Indexes one of which is the ‘New York Times Index 1863-1905’, (IV) Individual Periodical Indexes which includes full text links to the citations from many of its titles and (V) U.S. and U.K. Government Materials and Patents with interesting titles such as ‘Messages and Papers of the Presidents 1789-1897’ and ‘Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institute 1849-1961’. “This is the most comprehensive research tool for nineteenth century studies.  It should be the researcher’s first stop to explore the literature,…(and is) a ‘best buy’ given the extent of coverage and its importance to the field.”— The Charleston Advisor

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