Usage and Discovery19th Century Masterfile

Below are ways in which library practitioners have successfully implemented 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930 and maximized the value of the resource.

Who is 19th Century Masterfile for?

Primary source materials for the following disciplines can be found in The History Index.

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • History
  • American History
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Religion
  • Psychology
  • Government
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • History of Science
  • Physical Sciences
  • European History
  • Engineering


  • Use as principal finding aid to Open Access primary source material
  • Explore across multiple genres
  • Access millions of Open Access documents


  • Vital for thesis/dissertation defense
  • Unparalleled for thesis topic identification
  • Provides new teaching avenues for all areas of historical analysis


  • Query finding aids from the 12th to the 20th century
  • Provides finding access to materials in special collections, film, and fiche
  • Augment local archival collections via expanded research avenues

Example LibGuide Descriptions

William and Mary

“Despite its name, [The Masterfile] covers scholarly sources from the 12th century to early 20th century. Includes Earl Gregg Swem's Virginia Historical Index; Poole's Index to Periodical Literature; Niles' Register; American Memory; links to images in ArtSTOR; plus many more. Citations to magazine articles, books, newspapers, patents, and US/UK government documents, and images. Coverage: 1106-1930 (varies by source).”


“Nineteenth Century Masterfile is an online compilation of several indexes to periodicals which were originally published prior to 1925 (see partial list of indexes below). Together, these indexes cover most of the English-language journals published during the 19th century. Subject coverage includes: culture and intellectual life, engineering and science, religion, and law.”

How To Increase Awareness To Your Students

API and Federated Search

Paratext offers both an SRU-based API, for deployment within Federated Search Systems, as well as a MARC-based API. This works with our authentication system to allow libraries to pull 24 millions of historical citations into your larger discovery platforms.

SSL and ADA Compliant

Paratext resources comply by all SSL and ADA requirements.

The History Widget

The History Widget allows you to provide patrons with easy access to The History Index via a single search box placed anywhere within your site - or in LibGuides. It links effortlessly to our database, and launches our proprietary interface. Find the code here.

EZ Proxy

All Paratext resources can be used alongside your institution EZ Proxy set-up. Look for the proper stanza set-up here.

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