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Abstracts and indexes to newspapers and journals

Title Brief Description Format
19th Century Masterfile (Formerly Poole's Plus) Indices to Nineteenth-Century Newspapers, Periodicals, Books and Government Documents including Index to Periodical Literature (1802-1906) (Editor: W. F. Poole) and Index to Periodicals (1890-1902) (Editor: W.T. Stead). Also included are: New York Times Index (1863 - 1905) and New York Daily Tribune Index (1875 - 1906).
BHInet (British Humanities Index)
1962-
Provides abstracts from over 400 daily newspapers, weekly magazines and academic journals on the arts, literature, cinema, economics, history, current affairs, popular science, religion, music, and architecture.
British Newspaper Index
1990 - 1994
1995 - 2000
A cumulative index to the following newspapers: Daily/Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian, Independent/Independent on Sunday, Observer, Times, Sunday Times, Times Literary Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement and Times Educational Supplement. Also searchable are the names of journalists, page numbers etc.
Cambrian Index Online Swansea Central Library's newspaper indexing project contains 400,000 entries, mostly from The Cambrian, published in Swansea from 1804 to 1930. The index covers the major part of the 19th century. All the newspaper's reported birth, marriage and death entries are extracted and indexed, regardless of location. Other articles are indexed by topic e.g. Transport, Ships and Shipping, Disasters and Accidents etc.
This site is freely available on the Internet
Index to Periodicals 1890 - 1902
(Editor: W.T.Stead)
Included in 19th Century Masterfile.
A subject index to 19 th century US and British periodicals.
New York Daily Tribune Index
1875 - 1906
Included in 19th Century Masterfile.
A subject index to the daily US paper.
A printed version for the years 1875 to 1881 is available on the reference shelves of the Newspaper Reading Room.
New York Times Index 1863 - 1905 Included in 19th Century Masterfile.
A subject index to the daily US newspaper.
A printed version of the index from Sept 1851 onwards is available on the reference shelves of the Newspaper Reading Room.
Newspaper Abstracts
1988 -
A complete business and general reference resource. Indexes and abstracts more than 25 US and regional newspapers, including: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta Journal, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science, Monitor and USA Today.
Official Index to the Times
1906 - 1980
CD-ROM version of the Index providing access to over 12 million index entries, the equivalent of 297 volumes of the printed index covering 1906 - 1980. From 1973 onwards the Index also includes: The Sunday Times, Times Literary Supplement, Times Educational Supplement and Times Higher Education Supplement.
Palmer's Full Text Contains Palmer's Index to The Times from October 1790 to December 1905 and also provides full text of articles for years 1800 to 1870 in the form of digitsed images of the actual newspaper columns.
Pooles' Index to Periodical Literature 1802 - 1906 Included in 19th Century Masterfile.
Probably the best known of the early periodical indexes. The index covers 479 US and British periodicals with entries mainly by subject.