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ENGL 3927: Senior Seminar: Nineteenth Century American Women Writers

Using CLIO to locate nineteenth century texts

Before you start a search, think of possible terms you would like to use. Keep in mind language/ words and phrases that would be contemporaneous to the time period you are researching. 

Catalog

  • A catalog search can be helpful in leading you to books, manuscripts, or occasionally periodicals (by title) published in the nineteenth century.
  • Enter search terms into the search box. The default "All Fields" setting runs the broadest possible search, but if you want to search by a specific author name, title, etc., you can switch the drop-down menu settings. 
  • Once your search results appear, you can start to narrow these down even further using the facet boxes on the left. For instance:
    • Format allows you to limit your results to what you can access online.
    • Publication Date : Use this to specify a range of years of publication
    • Country of Publication: Use this to limit to the United States, or a specific state
    • Subject (Genre) can be helpful to peruse, and hone in on, some of the genres represented in the results (for instance, poetry, or songs).

 

Articles+

  • The Articles+ search can lead you to a wide range of articles, including newspaper and academic journal articles. It also pulls in other kinds of digital sources, such as ebooks, digitized images, maps, and web resources. 
  • Enter search terms into the search box. The default "All Fields" setting runs the broadest possible search, but if you want to search by a specific author name, title, etc., you can switch the drop-down menu settings. 
  • Once your search results appear, you can start to narrow these down even further using the facet boxes on the left. For instance:
    • Search options lets you limit to what is accessible online. By default, an Articles+ search EXCLUDES newspaper articles, but if you want to include them in your search, you can uncheck the "exclude newspaper articles" box here. 
    • Publication Date : Use this to specify a range of dates of publication (by year, or even down to the month and date).
    • Content Type: Choose from magazine articles, journal articles, images, mansucripts, and more. 

Digital Collections and Databases