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Magazines and Popular Journals: Historical Materials

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Online Databases

Many databases are helpful in locating magazines. Some include full-text articles, but others do not. If the full article is not available online, we can get it for you through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or Document Delivery.

Recommended Databases to Get Started

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Identifying Historical Magazines Through Library Search

It can be difficult to find a particular magazine in our collection to study. One way of doing this is using the library catalog. Use these geographical links to start searching. Then, refine the search by topic or time period to narrow results (examples below). 

Suggested LC Subject Headings

Facets to Refine Your Search


  • 18th century
  • 19th Century

Time Periods

  • 1865-1918
  • History -- To 1500


  • Revolution, 1775-1783
  • Civil War, 1861-1865
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945

Books About Magazines

Identifying a magazine through our catalog allows you to search for periodicals we own. Another way to select magazines or learn more about individual titles for your research is to use books that explain them in historical context.


All Indexes

Periodical indexes provide citations, usually organized by subject, for articles in journals, magazines, newspapers and more.

Generate a search, listing over 600 periodical indexes in the SMU Libraries collection.

After you see the full list, narrow it down by topic, historical period, or resource type.

Popular Titles for Historical Research