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Reference Sources
Discovering Early American Newspapers

The W&L University Library also maintains a longer list of biographical resources.

 

Marquis Who's Who in the Web   Marquis.
Available online.
Database contains over 1 million brief biographical sketches of prominent men and women from around the world, including historical figures from the U.S.'s colonial period and following century.
To identify journalists: Enter the word journalist in the line headed "Occupation Keyword Search."
If you want to limit the search to pre-20th century figures, fill out the "Birth Year" line with < 1800 (or something like that).

American National Biography   Oxford University Press.
Available online.
Orginal signed articles on more than 18,000 "men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation."
To identify journalists: Enter the word journalists in the line headed "Realms of Renown."
NOTE: Another, maybe better, possibility is to enter the word newspaper in the line headed "Realms of Renown."

Literature Resource Center   Gale.
Available online.
Contains extensive biographical and critical information on writers, movements, and works from virtually all time periods. Includes the contents of the printed Dictionary of Literary Biography series.
To identify American journalists: Choose the "Authors by Type" option. Enter the word journalism in the line headed "Genre" and enter the word American in the line headed "Author Nationality."
If you want to limit the search to pre-20th century figures, fill out the "Year of Birth" line with is before 1800 (or something like that).

ADDITIONAL POSSIBILITIES

Two other databases you could use to find articles or other materials about early American journalists are listed below.
However, in many instances, you may have to find the complete text of an article elsewhere.

America: History & Life   ABC-Clio.
Available online.
Articles from history journals and related materials.

Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography   Gale.
Available online.
Literary history and criticism in journal articles and other publications.

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