UMass Lowell has a month-long free trial access to the 19th Century Masterfile, a new online search portal provided by the Paratext database company. Access is available throughout the month of December, 2010.
19th Century Masterfile is the largest resource for research into the published output of Anglo-American (and additional non-English) materials produced prior to 1925. The goal is to include all relevant indexes to periodicals, books, newspapers, patents and US and many UK government documents. There are currently more than 70 indexes available to search through one portal that combines records for more than 8,000 periodicals, as well as extensive indexes for millions of books, along with newspapers, patents and US and UK government documents.
This database began many years ago as a digitization of Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature. It has subsequently grown to encompass dozens of indexes, covering a broad range of disciplines, including history, literature, science, engineering, psychology, patents, and more.
All of the indexes are fully searchable. Search results can then be resolved to allow connections to UMass Lowell subscribed content within full-text databases such as JStor.) The Masterfile we also provides alternative access to open access content (such as HathiTrust and Google Books) when it is available.
Latest additions to 19th Century Masterfile include “Index to the Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789,” “General Index to Engineering Periodicals 1883-1893,” and “Records of US Congressional Serial Set (Readex) 1789-1930.”
Paratext, founded in 1993, is an independent information company located in Austin, Texas. It publishes bibliographic databases linking to millions of full text scholarly documents, as well as providing technological services to the academic, public and special library markets in North America and throughout the world. UMass Lowell Libraries also currently has a trial available to the Paratext Reference Universe index of core reference materials. For more information pertaining that trial, please refer to blog post #475.
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