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"...a digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century."
Times Digital Archive
Since its first publication in 1785, The Times (London) has become one of the most preeminent, global daily (except Sundays) newspapers of the 18th- through early 21st-centuries centuries, covering international events, people, places, politics, business news, opinion and debate, entertainment and advertising. The Times Digital Archive makes this highly regarded resource available in an easy-to-navigate, fully-searchable online resource containing every page of every issue within the range of years displayed in the product banner.
North American Women's Letters and Diaries
Colonial to 1950. Includes the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters.
A service of the National Library of Medicine, PubMed includes over 19 million citations for biomedical articles back to 1948 and links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.
American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection
"The AAS Historical Periodicals Collection contains more than 6,500 historical periodical titles dating from 1691 to 1877."
ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Includes full text of the following publications:
Chicago Defender (1909-1975)
The New York Times with Index (1851-2014)
The Philadelphia Inquirer (1860-2001)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1786-2003)
The Wall Street Journal (1889-2000)
The Washington Post (1877-2001)
Women's studies archive: Women's Issues and Identities
"Offering coverage of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Women's Issues and Identities allows for the serendipitous discovery of commonalities among a variety of archival collections.
Global in scope, the archive presents materials covering the social, political, and professional aspects of women's lives and offers a look at the roles, experiences, and achievements of women in society. A wide range of primary sources provide a close look at some of the pioneers of women's history, a deep dive into the issues that have affected women, and the many contributions they have made to society."
What about secondary sources: journals and books that may contain, or reference, primary documents?
America: History & Life with Full Text
The definitive database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With selective indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present, this database is without question the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history. Full text journals include American Historical Review, American 19th Century History, American Studies, Early American Studies, Journal of American Culture, Journal of American History, Journal of Early American History, and Journal of Military History.
Academic Search Complete
A database of both scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas, including psychology. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
Encompass Search searches for books and other resources, first in our own library, and then beyond, in other research libraries.
SUBJECT search examples:
sex instruction united states history
birth control united states history
childbirth united states history
natural childbirth history
fertilization in vitro history
breastfeeding united states history
Miscarriage in Nineteenth Century America
From home to hospital : the evolution of childbirth in the United States, 1927-1940
Contraception and Abortion in Nineteenth-century America
Riotous Flesh women physiology and the solitary vice
Revolutionary conceptions : women, fertility, and family limitation in America, 1760-1820
May be used in conjunction with interlibrary loan. Access to full text is maximized by searching from the Muhlenberg network.
Google Books is a rich source of full-text documents (books and other materials) published prior to 1923 that are now in the public domain.
A substantive archive of about 3,000 full text scholarly journals plus scholarly books in the arts, humanities, social sciences and biological sciences. As an archive, there is typically a lag time of 3-5 years from publication until new issues appear in JSTOR. Journals include core titles from a variety of disciplines: history, economics, biology, and more.
Articles and books via interlibrary loan