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Researching Periodicals

How to do research on magazines and newspapers.

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Sigrid Anderson
The University of Michigan

209 Hatcher Graduate Library, North

913 S. University

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190

Starting Points

A History of American Magazines (up to 1930) by Frank Luther Mott is available in print and electronically.

The Magazine in America, 1741-1990 by John Tebbel and Mary Ellen Zuckerman

Using Library Catalog Search

When using Library Catalog Search to find books on American magazines, try the following subject terms:


·      Periodicals (You can combine this one with a lot of other term)

·      Magazine illustration

·      African American periodicals

·      Periodicals—publishing—United States—history

·      Feminism—periodicals

·      Women—periodicals

·      Fashion—periodicals

·      Magazine covers

·      Men’s magazines

·      press coverage

·      American periodicals

·      Advertising OR advertising copy

·      American Periodicals—directories

·      American Periodicals--bibliographies

·      You can also try the name of your magazine, or the editor, as a subject term and see if you get any results.