Historical Newspaper Index Search Instructions

Search tips to help produce the best results.

  • Search keyword
    There is a minimum length of two characters and a maximum of 25. The search returns only those newspaper index entries that exactly match the keyword or keyword entered.
  • Search type
    There are two types of search procedures. The default searches only the beginning of the subject field in the database. It is best for name searches. To obtain all occurrences of the keyword, select the "search entire subject field" option.
  • Newspaper sources
    Select one or more newspapers. To search all newspapers, check the "all newspaper sources" box.
  • Date range
    Once a newspaper source has been selected, the corresponding dates are automatically entered in the "beginning date" and the "ending date" boxes. These dates may be used in order to retrieve index entries from the broadest possible date range or they may be modified for a more refined date search. The date format is mm/dd/yyyy (i.e. 04/18/2000 for April 18, 2000). To request a specific date, enter the same date in both boxes.
  • Newspaper index types
    To retrieve all types, check the "search all newspaper index types" box or designate the type(s) to include. Including advertisements may significantly increase the search results and the response time.

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