Understanding 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930

19th Century Masterfile is a vast scholarly database for finding published material from the 12th Century through 1930.

Through dozens of historically significant, scholarly indexes, it offers 'omni-disciplinary' coverage of primary materials in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering, the History of Science, Law, Economics, Religion, Psychology, Government Documents, the Visual Arts, Music and the Physical Sciences.

With millions of citations to over 8,000 English—and 17 other languages—periodicals, as well links to vast Open Access and fee-based repositories 19th Century Masterfile ensures that your thesis, dissertation or publication has all areas explored.

New Interdisciplinary Discoveries

A Brief Introduction...


For a quick 2-minute overview on what 19th Century Masterfile has to offer your library, watch this video.


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Enhanced Search


Advanced searching methods bring new layers of authority to your research.

The Enhanced Search feature in 19th Century Masterfile expands your search results by simultaneously searching related terms such as synonyms, word endings, and antiquated words of the same meaning.

It will include common variations on words like 'emancipation emancipate emancipator' and outdated word variations like 'burma myanmar' and 'obesity corpulence'.


Never Miss a Source...


19th Century Masterfile brings you sources you never even knew existed. Whether your focus is in the Arts, History of Science, or Engineering —19th Century Masterfile has aggregated all relevant and esoteric materials from 1106 to 1930 all under one search.


Advanced students, graduate and post-doctoral researchers can pinpoint what they need in a single source.



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Open Access


Open Access, full-text material is constantly expanding in 19th Century Masterfile.

New contributions from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the National Archives have brought the vast majority of citations available for open access to these full-text materials.

Readex, Adam Matthew, ArtStor, JSTOR, HathiTrust, and Library of Congress.

What Our Customers Say ...

[19th Century Masterfile] should be the researcher’s first stop to explore the literature. - The Charleston Advisor
19th Century Masterfile supports generalists as well as subject specialists, because it doesn’t force the researcher to know which niche index to search. As a librarian, I know that I can go to 19th Century Masterfile for practically any 19th Century primary source question. That is a huge time saver. - Melissa Van Vuuren, author of Literary Research and the Victorian and Edwardian Ages, 1830-1910
I knew how valuable 19th Century Masterfile would be to professors in a variety of disciplines. Not having it would put our faculty at risk of overlooking an important piece of research in their field. - Lauren Cristos, Florida International University

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