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American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections - Demonstration Searches

The following are demonstration searches for the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections.

Searching AAS Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 1

Set Advanced Search Options to Find All My Search Terms, and also Search within the Full Text of articles. Where you are instructed to click on a result, click on the EBSCOhost Content Viewer link.

Search for:

  • Civil War
    • Limit the results using the date slider to 1773 to 1790.
    • Sort the result list by “Date Ascending.”
    • Note that many of the references in the result list to the civil war in America. What we in the United States know as the Revolutionary War or War for Independence was a true civil war from the perspective of the British government, as America was governed by the British monarchy and Parliament.
    • Note that several very early histories of the conflict that can be found by adjusting the date slider to show 1780 to 1790.
  • Music
    • Click on the illustrations and image quick viewer limiters on the left and click Update.
    • Notice all the Image Quick View results and, as you scroll down, notice the sheet music results.
  • Benjamin Franklin
    • View the article “The Examination of Dr. Benjamin Franklin” dated August 1767. Franklin is being questioned about the growing discontent in the American colonies with the British government.

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Searching AAS Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 2

Set Advanced Search Options to Find all my search terms, and also Search within the full text of articles. Where you are instructed to click on a result, click on the EBSCOhost Content Viewer link.

Search for:

  • Andrew Jackson
    • The results reveal a variety of published addresses from Andrew Jackson’s presidency, from his inaugural address in 1829 to his farewell address in 1837.
    • Use the “date slider” to the left to limit the results to earlier or later documents.
    • Especially interesting are a series of published opinions of the Richmond Enquirer newspaper’s views of the President. View this by limiting the results to 1835 with the date slider, click on the result titled “THE RICHMOND ENQUIRER'S OPINION OF ANDREW JACKSON,” click the View Full Text link and view nearly two pages of rather harsh criticism of Jackson.
  • Tocqueville (as in Alexis De Tocqueville)
    • The search results present a series of book reviews for Tocqueville’s famous book Democracy in America, as well as his earlier work on the American penal system.
    • Use the “date slider” to the right to limit the results to earlier documents.
    • Note in the results list the praise that various learned journals heaped upon this soon-to-be classic work on American politics and culture, much even before it was translated and published in the U.S.
  • Panic (as in the Panic of 1837)
    • Slide the date limiter to only include results from 1837.
    • Note the two results from an anti-slavery magazine blaming the banking and credit crisis that ensued in March 1837 on the institution of slavery. The situation sounds eerily similar to the economic woes of 2008.
  • Jefferson and Adams
    • Jefferson and Adams both died on July 4th, 1826.
    • The result list offers a number of articles that commemorate the event, revealing the significance and impact of the loss of these two Founding Fathers on the 50th birthday of the United States.
    • Note the differing accounts of each man’s “last words” as well as a number of poems composed to these Founding Fathers of the United States.

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Searching AAS Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 3

For all of the terms below, simply enter the term in the box, click Search and follow the further instructions below.

  • California
    • Select the TX All Text option in the Select a Field (optional) dropdown menu.
    • In the Search Options below select the Illustrations check box (not to be confused with the “Illustration” checkbox under “Image Quick View Types”.)
    • Note the rich imagery associated with this western-most territory in the rapidly expanding United States.
  • Mormon
    • Click on Relevance Sort to reorder the search results by Date Ascending.
    • The search results reveal the struggles the new faith encountered and their transition from their home in the Midwest to Utah.
  • Indians
    • Now expand the Subject area to the left of the search results to reveal a variety of subject terms by which you can narrow your results.
    • Click the subject term CHEROKEE Indians.
    • Notice the wealth of information related to just one Native American tribe.
  • James Polk
    • Click on Relevance Sort to reorder the search results by Date Ascending.
    • Click on the View Full Text link for the first result titled HON. JAMES K. POLK OF TENNESSEE.
    • The article reveals an interesting description of the young future-President as he recently became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Searching AAS Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 4

Due to the fact that we are still adding content to Series 4 we are offering relevant search terms instead of more specific demonstration searches.

  • “Gettysburg battle” (famous Civil War battle in July 1863)
  • “Appomattox” (The Civil War battle and place of surrender of the Confederate Army on April 9, 1865)

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Searching AAS Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 5

Due to the fact that we are still adding content to Series 5 we are offering relevant search terms instead of more specific demonstration searches.

  • “dynamite” (Alfred Nobel, of Nobel prize fame, was the inventor of dynamite)
  • “baseball” (Lots of early articles on our National Pastime)

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