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HIST 158A: Race, Riot, and Backlash in Modern America

Recommended resources and strategies for research in HIST 158A: Race, Riot, and Backlash in Modern America, taught by Professor Leah Wright Rigueur.

Tips for Searching Historical Newspapers & Periodicals

If you are using a database with an Advanced Search form, try using the Advanced Search features to refine your search.


Since these databases cover many decades, it can be helpful to limit your search to a specific date range.


Think about what terms that might have been used to in articles about your topic during the time period. For example: the name of a specific person or organization or even a term that wouldn't be used today.


Some databases allow you to limit your search to articles from a specific geographic area. Try doing this when researching events from a specific region.


These databases often sort results in chronological order. In some cases, it might be helpful to sort by relevance/best matches first.


In addition to searching, try browsing these collections to learn about sources that you wouldn't have necessarily thought of searching for.

Historical Newspapers

When looking for historical newspaper articles, remember to look for articles published during the historical time period under study.

While many of these suggested resources search across multiple news sources, consider which newspapers might be most relevant to your research topic. For example, if researching racism in postwar Detroit, you might look for articles from The Michigan Chroniclean African American newspaper. Or, if looking for perspectives from a Southern African American newspaper, you might focus on articles from the Atlanta Daily World.