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American Periodicals: Search Tips

A guide to all aspects of American Periodicals including content, searching, and viewing results on the ProQuest platform

Searchable Fields

The following searchable fields are available for American Periodicals.

Field Name

Label

Search Examples & Explanation

Abstract

AB

 

AB(presidential election)

Search for your terms in the abstracts of documents. In American Periodicals, the first paragraph of an article is considered the abstract. Only substantial articles will have an abstract.

All fields (no full text)

ALL

ALL("Brooklyn Bridge")

Search for your terms in all fields, but not the full text.

Author

AU

 

AU(Benjamin Franklin)

Search for documents written by a particular author. Try searching on both the full first name and initials in order to retrieve all articles by a specific author.

Document text

FT

FT(Mount Rainier)

Search for your terms in the body of the document.

Document title

TI

 

TI(railroad construction)

Search for your terms in the title of the document.

Document type

DTYPE

DTYPE(feature)


Use this to find specific document types such as article, obituary, advertisement or cartoon.  A list of document types included in American Periodicals is available on the right side of this page.

Issue

ISS

ISS(11)

Search by issue number.

Language

LA

LA(German)

Search by language of publication.

Page

PAGE

PAGE(47)

Search for specific page numbers or start pages.

Publication date

PD

Year, month, day:
PD(YYYYMMDD)

PD(19111225)

Year and month:
PD(Dec and 1911)
PD(191112)

Year only:
PD(1911)

Search by publication date.  The publication date can be searched by year, year and month, or year, month and day.

Publication title

PUB

PUB(American Architect)

Search for terms in the title of the publication.

Publication year

YR

YR(1849)

Search for documents published in a specific year.

Publisher

PB

PB(American Periodicals Series II‎)

Search for content from a specific publisher.  In many cases, the publisher field in American Periodicals will refer to the collection in which the document was included prior to American Periodicals (e.g., American Periodicals III, Center for Research Libraries).

Publisher location

PBLOC

PBLOC(Boston)

Search by publisher location.

Source type

STYPE

STYPE(magazines)

Search by source type.

Tag

TAG

TAG(World War I)

Search for Tags attached to articles. This field is user generated and only searches Tags that were made public by ProQuest users.

Volume

VO

VO(8)

Search by volume number.

Document Types

The Document type limiter available in the Advanced Search enables you to restrict your search to only search and retrieve records that are identified as certain document types in American Periodicals.

Note: Not all Document types are applicable to all publications in American Periodicals.

  • Advertisement
  • Article
  • Back matter
  • Birth notice
  • Classified advertisement
  • Commentary
  • Correspondence
  • Editorial
  • Editorial cartoon/comic
  • Feature
  • Front matter
  • Front page/cover story
  • General information
  • Ilustration
  • Image/photograph
  • Legal notice
  • Letter to the editor
  • News
  • Obituary
  • Poem
  • Recipe
  • Review
  • Statistics/data report
  • Stock quote
  • Table of contents